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Rmf££~ In natfiekl - Jan. 13, 1879, Miss Maryannp 
| Billings, aged 67 years and 7 months ^ ai Tanne 

The life thus closed was no ordinary one 
JS 1 ;^ generous, and unselfish in 
I thought and deed, ever ready to lend a help. 
; mg hand full of earnest interest in all that 
.interested others or that could elevate the 
community in which she lived, enthusiastic 
m her loyalty to Christ and his cause, our de- I 
parted friend was a constant inspiration and 
blessing not only to the large circle of hey 
family friends, bat to all who came within 
the sphere of her influence. And now that 

S3 n*^ and e oble Hfe on earth i9 «32d 

and the still more beautiful and noble life in 
heaven begun, we cannot but rejoice and 
give thanks both for the past and the future 
while our tears must fall and our hearts bleed 
for our own irreparable loss, and for the sad 
vacancy made in her home, the Sunday- 

™ f ln nd 5 6 ChUr ? h hy her SLldden ten- 
ure from these places, which have Ion- 

f?rev?r ' * kn ° W her n0 mor? 


The farmers are making their plans for tl e 
spring work. There will probably be a larger 
acreage of potatoes, oats and corn and less of 
tobacco, and a buckling on of armor in pre- 
paration for the creamery enterprise which 
promises to be successful. It is expected 
that Major Alvord will soon initiate us into j? 
the most improved method of managing a \ 
creamery. Like all new enterprises, this 
must run the gauntlet of unkindly criticism 
in these times; faith and confidence are ele- 
ments of slow growth, needing careful cul- 
ture, and yet they are necessary to win suc- 
cessful results. 

Mr. O. C. Wells Las commenced fitting up 
the buildings on the homestead he recently 
purchased of Mr. E. Brainard. The latter 
having bought the George Waite farm, has 
moved to the same, and intends to make the 
necessary repairs and improvements for a 
pleasant home. 

At the adjourned town meeting Monday, 
29th, Frank E. Porter was chosen to fill a 
vacancy in the board of selectmen. An ap- 
propriation of $ 209 was made for the town 

The concert of Mr. Whiting's class last 
Tuesday evening, was marred by the sickness 
of the 'leading 'soprano, Mrs. C. K. Morton, 
so that one of the best pieces on the pro- 
gramme had to be omitted. The selections 
as a whole were not of the highest order of 
music, but they appeared to give good satis- 
faction to the audience. Without going into 
particulars, permit us to say that Miss Ida 
Shapleigh's singing was highly enjoyed for 
its power of compass and sweetness, and its 
artistic finish, she has all the tricks of the voice 
of a prima donna. The cornet solo playing 
of Mr. Little was very fine. Mrs. A. H. 
Graves and Mr. F. H. Bardwell of the local 
choir did themselves great credit. We are 
satisfied that the Hatfield singers are capable 
of better things in music than was attempted 
on this occasion. After the concerf the peo- 
ple assembled in the vestry rooms and enjoy- 
ed an excellent repast prepared by our public 
spirited young ladies. 

There will be a Republican caucus at the 
Town Hall Tuesday evening, the 6th inst., to 
I choose delegates to' the state convention to be 
I holden at Worcester next week. 


Death has been rapidly thinning the ranks 
of the old people of this town during the 
past four months. In the death of Mrs. Jus- 
tin Hastings, April 15, at the age of 79 years, 
another has been added to the number of 
those who have passed beyond the river. She 
was loved and respected by a large circle of 
friends. Her long life has been filled with 
good works to alleviate the sufferings of the 
sick, to smooth the dying pillow, and to per- 
form the last sad duties to the dear ones de- 
parted. She always showed a kindty interest 
in the progress of every good work in the 
community and the church, of wmick she has 
been a consistent member for 45 years. 

Rev. J. W. Lane of North Hadley sup- 
plied our pulpit last Sabbath, by exchange 
with Mr. Woods, our pastor. Mr. Lane is al- 
ways cordially welcomed by his many friends 
in Hatfield. 


The Institute meeting of the Hampshire, 
Franklin and Hampden Agricultural Society 
will meet at the Town Hail, Wednesday, 
March 3d. The subjects for the morning will be 
"Rotation of Crops" and "Fertilizers." John 
M. Smith of Sunderland, will read an essay 
on the latter subject, followed by discussions 
of both subjects. A free lunch will be fur- 
nished at noon for people from other towns, 
and in the afternoon the subject of "Cream- 
eries" will be treated by Major Alvord of 
Easthampton, followed by discussions. Far- 
mers, bring out your best thought and experi- 
ence to the meeting. We will promise ycu 
old fashioned hospitality. 

Two of our oldest people have died during 
the past two months, Moses Morton, Esq., 
aged 90 years, and Henry Wilkie, aged 91. 
Thejr were both active and prominent citizens 
50 years ago, and our last surviving soldiers in 
the war of 1812. 

One of their earty associates, John Hast- 
ings, Esq., now living in Onondaga, N. Y., 
is a remarkable specimen of hale and vigorous 
old age. He is now in his 9Qth year. I am 
permitted to give you the following extractor 
a letter he recently wrote to his brother, Jus- 
tin Hastings, the oldest man now living in 

"Gxoxdaga Valley, K Y., Feb. 23, 1880. 

Dear Brother. — It is now some time since I 
wrote to you, and thinking you would like to 
hear from me, I have taken this Sabbath 
evening, the anniversary of Washington's 
birth, to write. We are having a very mild 
winter, had about two inches of snow yester- 
dry, but it has all disappeared to-day. Last 
Tuesday was our annual town meeting, and I 
was elected town clerk for the 22d time. We 
had a pretty long session, commenced at 8 A. 
M., and ended at 12 at night. We polled 
near a thousand votes. The tickets were 
scratched and split badly. We vote for our 
town officers all on one ticket, like the one 
enclosed. The session was continuous for 16 
hours, no adjournment. We had our lunch 
sent in to us. I was able to stick by until the 
last, and make up the record of the day's 

I see by the Hampshire Gazette that the old 
people of Hatfield are dropping off fast: but 
few are left that used to go to parties with me ! 
when I was young." 

That session of 16 hours would be consider- 
ed a full day's work for a man in his prime, 
but it appears that Mr. Hastings suffered no 
inconvenience from it. 


A lovely child witn liazel eyes, 
Brown hair, a wealth of tangled light, 
Soft cheeks, as warm as summer skies, 
And mouth all puckered with delight; 
A double chin with dimples sweet, 
Pat, chubby hands and naked feet, 
A hit of childish, merry glee, 
Curled up beneath the apple tree. 

A shag<ry dog with silky hair, 
As white as daisies on the^lea; 
Bright eyes awake with watchful care, 
One paw upon the baby's knee. 
The choicest ivy, which was laid 
Beneath the tree's protecting shade, 
The child had twined into a wreath, 
Smoothing with care each glossy leaf. 

She decks her shining, tumbled hair, 
And both her arms she winds it round, 
Then drapes it o'er her shoulders fair, — 
A laigtoiDg rogue with ivy bound. 
Another tendril now she binds 
Around the dpg, and deftly winds 
The precious strands around his fur, 
Then laughs to see him bound like her. 

She claps her hands in merry glee, 
"When lb, the dog, with eager bound, 
Breaks all the glossy wreaths, which she 
Around his shaggy form had wound. 
The baby springs to catch her friend, 
Regardless of the ivy's end. 
The apple bossoms gently fall 
Upon the ruins; — that is ali. 

Nettie Mobton. 
Hatfield, Dec. 12, 1379. 


a Hatfield, Apr.115, Mrs. Dolly W. Hastings., 



The grass looke4 greet} |n many p]aces on 
tl^e last day of the year, and the month of 
December made a remarkable record, of mild 
and even temperature. Qne qf our observing 
citizens noticed on his premises in the open 
field a live and festive butterfly, which, after 
showing itself a short tune, flew away; | 
whether this Christmas specimen, was left 
Over from last summer's crop, qr had just 
emerged from the chrysalis, warmed into a 
new Jife by the mild and genial ponditions 
characteristic of this unique December, we 
are unable to say. When not prevented by 
rain, farmers might be seen all through the 
month plowing in tfcejr fields. Cellar win- 
dows were kppt open much of the time with- 
out inconvenience, as in midsummer. 

A fair audience assembled in ttie rain qf 
Thursday night last to see the ''calcium light 
illuminations qf the Shepard Illustrated Lec- 
ture and Entertainment Bureau." This en- 
tertainment was very instructive, beautifnl 
and entertaining to the children old and young. 
The concert noticed last week was success- 
fully repeated to an appreciative audience 
last Friday night at Academy hall. 

Miss Ella T. Bray of Clinton, Iowa, a stu- 
dent at Mt. Holyoke Seminary, and the 
daughter of Rev. Wm. L. Bray, a former 
pastor in Hatfield, has been spending the hol- 
idays here with her friends. 

Mr. A. E. Hyde met with an accident last 
week Monday. His left hand came in con- 
tact with a circular saw, badly wounding 
several of the ringers, so that he is disabled 
for violin practice, perhaps for the remainder 
of the winter, to his own and the public dis- 

l) As we take a retrospective view of the past 
year some' paihf ul and mysterious events will 
come across 'the mental vision, yet the black 
cloud now" shows' a silver lining, and we re- 
joice that a kind Providence seemingly over- 
rules the evil, and good comes forth to blesf 
l4 ie nation/ — 



In quiet and prosperous rural communi- 
ties, like that at Hatfield, people live long, 
Ibut even there they are not immortal, and 
one after another the old citizens are borne 
from their homes to the village church, (it 
is & remarkable fact that there is but one 
church in this town of 1000 inhabitants), and 
thence, in the good old friendly way, 
on the shoulders of neighbors and 
friends, to the beautiful and well- 
kept cemetery. Thus was carried on 
Tuesday,— after fitting and comforting re- 
ligious services, conducted by Rev Mr 
Woods, the village pastor, and followed by 
a large concourse of mourning relatives and 
friends,— Mr Israel Morton, who died quite 
suddenly Saturday night, though he had 
fceen in feeble health all Winter, and had 
mot been able to leave the house 
for some months. Mr Morton was 
fcorn on the homestead where he died, 
and where be had lived all the 
seventy-five years of his life, with brief in- 
tervals of absence teaching school, when a 
young man. Like most of his neighbors he 
■was a farmer, and no man in the 
community was more highly es- 
teemed for those qualities which make 
a, man a good neighbor, a good 
citizen and a good Christian. Rather 
reserved in manner and studious in habit, 
toe never put himself forward in public af- 
fairs, but he was deeply interested in all 
public questions, and couid always b9 relied 
on to perform his full personal duty; and in 
every relation of life it could be truly said 
of him that those who knew him best es- 
teemed him most. Mr Morton was the son 
of the late William Morton, and the last 
survivor but one of an old-fash- 
ioned, patriarchal family of twelve 
children. His youngest sister, Mrs Pome- 
roy, wife of Rev J. Pomeroy of South 
Deerfield, alone remains of this large fam- 
ily, and she is now over 70. Mr Morton 
leaves no children himself, but the compan- 
ion of bis long and useful life, whose maiden 
name was Miss Lucy Lyman, of Southamp- 
ton, stiili survives him, and it is hoped may 
long live to dispense the grateful 
faospitalities of the old Morton home 
to the descendants of its founder, . who, 
many in number and scattered all over the \ 
country, may occasionally be drawn thither 
on pilgrim feet. Mr Morton always felt 
much interest in and kept track of these 
descendants, and even generously remem- 
bered them all with small legacies in his 
will, though the most of bis comfortable 
property, gathered by industry and thrift, 
was given, as it ought to have been, to his 

Willard Hastings, aged 

28 years, son of Ephraim L. Hastings, who 
lives on the Burrows farm in the South mead- 
ows, near the farm of the late Augustus Clapp, 
was drowned Saturday evening, between 7 
and 8 o'clock, in the old bed just below the j 
outlet to the Danks pond. He went there 
to bathe, and was accompanied by a boy of 
10 years. He plunged into deep water, and 
soon, as is supposed, was seized with cramps 
The lad could do nothing to help him, and I 
he immediately drowned. His body was re- 
covered the next morning. He had been^ 
hard at work all that day, and was probably ■. 
tired and overheated. Young. Hastings was/-; 
the oldest of the family, and was a young- 
man much esteemed by a large circle of 
friends, both at home and in Hatfield, where , 
the family formerly lived. His funeral was jj 
attended yesterday A. M., and the remains tak- 
en to Hatfield for burial. 

The average rate of taxation during the 
past two years in this town is $5.50 per $1000 
of valuation. Probably there is no town in 
the Commonwealth that can make so favora- 
ble a showing. 

The number of tramps on the road has 
largely increased since work has been com- 
menced on the new railroad, very much to 
the annoyance of our people. 

The ladies of the Grange have organized a 
leap year sleigh-ride, to culminate with a 
supper and dance at the Aldrich House, South 
Deerfield. The gentlemen who have been 
favored with invitations appear to be ver}- ; 
happy in the prospect. 

The prospect of the ice crop looks more 
favorable because of the recent cold weather. 
Dr. Gleason, of Philadelphia, has been giv- 
ing our citizens a very interesting and instruc- 
tive course of lectures on Physical Culture, 
fully illustrated by manikins, models and oil 
paintings. His business agent is Mr. Benj. 
C. Bliss, formerly of this town. Crowded 
audiences have attested their interest in the | 
lectures. Dr. Gleason is to lecture in other 
towns of this county during the month. We 
can safely say, it will be for the benefit of all 
to attend Dr. G.'s lectures, and hope he may 
have crowded houses wherever he goes. His 
lecture on temperance, Sunday evening of last 
week, was well attended and many serious 
and excellent truths were presented. 

Elisha Hubbard has a full blood Jersey 
heifer worthy of mention, not only because 
she has all the fine points of that noted breed, 
but especially because of her superior quali- 
ties as a butter cow. She is two years nine 
months old ; calved Jan. 13, 1880. The writ- 
er was informed by Mrs. Hubbard that about 
the last week in the month of January, her 
milk was saved separate from the other cows 
for five consecutive days with -results . as fol- 
lows : — Fifty-six and five-eighths quarts of 
milk, which made 10 lbs. 10 oz. of gilt-edged 
butter ; therefore 5^ quarts of her milk pro- 
duces one pound of butter, showing her pres- 
ent production to be 14 lbs. 14 oz. per week. 
While the minister was out of town last 
Friday, his premises were invaded by a party 
of his parishioners and his ice-house well 
stocked with ice. He is very complaisant 
over the result, but cannot refrain from say- 
ing that he regards the whole affair as a rath- 
er *' cool proceeding." 



from New York have 

bought sev- 

eral lots c 

f tobacco in town, dnri 

rig the past 


It is now the 10th day of May and vegeta- 
tion is making rapid strides of growth. Our 
farmery mostly finished their planting of po- 
tatoes in April, and last week quite extensive 
areas of corn were planted. Some fields of 
rye are now assuming stalwart proportions. 
Early apple trees are in full bloom. The 
humming bird is here sipping the nectar from 
the cups of the open flowers. The Baltimore 
oreole, scarlet "Rfc^feg^r- an el bobolink have 
! arrived thus earl}' - to unite with the other nu- 
\ merous tribes of songsters in their morning 
I anthem of praise. If one wishes to be lifted 
aboye his daily cares and humdrum duties for 
a little season of communion with nature, let 
j him arise with the early morning aurora and 
j enjoy this free concert of the birds. 

The Partridge family, so prominent in the 
I history of the town for 200 years, have no 
! living representative now, residing in town. 
I Samuel 1). Partridge, Esq., of Orange, N. J., 
■ buried his only son in the cemetery here, Sat- 
urday, the 8th inst. 

weeK, at very lair prices. 

We understand that the old board of select- 
men have declined running; again for that 
office. They have served the town faithfully ! 
and intelligently during the past three years, j 
The town will be certainly fortunate if their i 
successors prove equally honest and trust- 

A new feature appears in the annual report 
of the town officers in the report of i he library 
committee A still further improvement 
might be added in the shape of reports from 
our assessors and town clerk, so that the vot- 
ers and tax-payers can have a better knowl- 
edge of what is being done in ail the various 
departments of town affairs, such as is given 
to the citizens of Northampton in that model 
document, the "Reports of the Town Officers 

j of Northampton for the year ending Feb. 1. 
1880.'" The report of the town clerk is full 

j of interesting vital statistics, filling six pages. 

jj showing also the amount of money received 
and paid out by the clerk .'and properly audit- 
ed by the auditing committee of the town, i 
-The reports of Easthampton are models of | 
correct methods of showing up the town ac- | 
counts; 'their auditor evidently knows his j 
business. An interchange of documents of 
this kind between towns would, in our opin- j 
ion, help to improve the character and value I 
of town reports throughout the county, and j 
give the the people a better knowledge of ac- ■ 
curate and correct methods of doing town : 

E. S. Warner has sold his '79 seed at 12£ j 
cents through. David Billings sold his at 1-3 
cents through. The prospect is that better ! 
prices will be paid. Business in all its branch- 
es has undergone a change ; wages are much, 
higher than they have been for the last few 
years. The farmer must decide on two points, 
he must either get more for his crop or else . 
stop raising tobacco. 
' The Butierites held a full caucus, Saturday 
night, nominating a full ticket for town offi- 
cers, and appeared at the town meeting with 
printed ballots. The Republicans were caught 
napping, as they did not expect a political con- 
test on town officers. The result was a But- 
ler victory on all the officers chosen, except- 
ing school committee and treasurer. The vote 
was very close on selectmen. The officers 
chosen are as follows : —Clerk, \V. D. Billings ; 
selectmen, Pi. P. Smith, Champion Dickin- 
son, C. L. Warner; assessors. Geo. L. M'atsh, 
T>\ D. Billings, S. D. Porter; school com- 
mittee for 3 years Alfred H. Graves, 1 year 
Oscar Bel den; elector. J. S. Graces: treasur- 
er, lioswell Billings. 


The decision in the case of Henry S. Por- 
ter vs. C. S. Shattuck before the'Sucerior 
Court, was just the other way from what was 
stated last week. The decision was given for 
the plaintiff, Mr. Porter. 
^ Tax collector J. E. Doane has settled with 
the town ; all taxes have been collected. The 
rate of taxation last year was $6.40 per 

Town meeting next Monday. Our warrant 
is much longer this year than usual. Article 
12 is to see if the town will take action, or 
choose a committee to look after the interests 
of the town in regard to the railroad crossings 
in the town. Article 13 is to see if the town 
will choose a special police for protection 
against tramps. ^^^ 

The robin and the bluebirds hare come to 
announce the advent of Spring. Welcome 
Spring, with its balmy breezes, song of birds, 
opening flowers, and its old but over new 
mysteries of germinating life, in the fields, in 
the woods, and everywhere. Mother Earth 
is being rapidly unlocked from the icy em- 
braces of winter, and is.hastening to put on 
the livery of Spring; but memory raises its 
warning finger at this point in our reveries, 
and suggests at this early date, that the frost 
king may not be so far away as we in our an- 
ticipation so gladly thought, but may possibly 
return and give, us another touch of winter, 
such as we have not experienced for a twelve 

The boom of business success, so -welcome 
to the manufacturers and merchants, has not 
yet reached our farmers ■ we are still patiently 
waiting and hoping for better times, working 
hard in many instances to pay the interest 
and taxes and keep the wolf from the door. 

The farmers meeting, March 3d, in the ves- 
try of the Congregational church, was well 
attended and pronounced a success. Quite a 
large number of people were present from the 
river towns. Henry C. Haskell, Esq., Presi- 
dent of the Hampshire, Franklin and Hamp- 
den Society, presided. Our young townsman, 
W. H. Porter, a graduate of the Agricultural 
College, opened with a well written essay on 
"Kotation of Crops," followed by John M. 
Smith, Esq., of Sunderland, with an essay on 
^Fertilizers." The farmers by their responses 
showed the great interest taken in the subjects 
presented. The forenoon was too short to 
discuss the points of interest brought out in 
the essays. ~ After dinner, Major Henry E. 
Alvord of Easthampton gave a very instruc- 
tive essay on "Creameries," giving full sta- 
tistics of the results of co-operative cream- 
eries and the reasons of their great success. 

There, is already talk of establishing a 
creamery in Hatfield. We understand that 
one of our enterprising young men proposes 
to erect a building with the necessary appli- 
ances to carry on the business of a butter 
creamery, with a 350-cow capacity, provided 
the farmers are ready to take hold of the mat- 
ter in earnest. 

Our annual town meeting will come on 
nest Monday, the loth. In the intervening 
time it will be in order, as usual, to make up 
slates for the town officers. We hear no 
special grounds of objection to any of the 
present town officers, except on the ground of 
location. Perhaps one or two have increased 
their demands oii the town treasury. The 
town reports are not yet out, but we under- 
stand that the selectmen make a favorable 


y of economy in their management of 
flairs and a reduction on the small 

amount of town indebtedness. 

It has been a custom here for many years 
to make the selectmen auditors of town ac- 
counts, a practice which ought to be reformed, 
for very obvious reasons. While the select- 

! men are expected to keep a full account ot all 

I contracts and expenditures on town account 
by the town officers under them, a separate 

' office is that of auditor, whose duty it should 
be to examine all accounts and certify the 
results If such officer is competent, his 
work will be correct Some of the towns m 
this state have been great sufferers by the de- 
falcation of town officials, through their neg- 
ligence in not having a proper annual audit 
iw* of town accounts. ___ 

'Toswell Billings has purchased of KM. his interest and stock, and is having 

the store painted, lie intends to put in a 
complete stock of groceries and dry goods. 
■S uccess to the new merchant. 

T&#&PPy New Year and the pompliments 
Of tjje season t.o yo H a|L Thir; ig the week of 
prayer. |t c;m be profitably spent (« self- 
exftmlnation and u utijdy of the demands 
ot he higher life. Then we may perhaps I 
realize in our own experience the precious 
promises of God, and move along more hope- I 
fully m our round of daily duties. 


The Catholic denomination contemplate the 
organization of a society and the building of 
a church for the better accommodation of 
their people in this town. They have hither- 
to worshiped in Northampton. 

The co-operative creamery association will 
meet May 7th, at the town hall, to complete 
their organization by the adoption of a con- 
stitution and by-laws and the choice of the! 

Our new cemetery abounds in costly and i 
elegant monuments. One is now being erect- 
ed by the brothers Stephen G. and Edward 
Curtis, which is beautiful and unique in de- 
sign and artistic in its finish. It represents 
the trunk of a white wood tree broken oft* 12 
feet from the ground, entwined with vines 
and leaves Cringing to it for support, modeled 
in stone from nature. The work is a very, 
clever imitation of the natural trunk of the 
tree as sometimes seen in the track of the ' 
tornado which levels and twists off the tops 
of giant trees in the forests. 

There is considerable building, repairing 
and painting going on in town. Mr. O. C. 
Wells is making thorough repairs and im- 
provements on his house and grounds ; when 
completed the place will look very inviting 
and attractive. Mr. E. Hubbard has bought 
the Benj. Morton place and has repaired the, 
buildings. Mr. J. S. Wells has bought sev- 
eral lots of South Meadow land, and is en- 
larging his farming facilities. Mr. W. H. 
Dickinson is adding to the beauty of his 
grounds by the erection of a summer house 
on his extensive and beautiful lawn. 

The contractors on the new railroad are 
making good progress with their work ; most 
of the laborers employed in grading are Ital- 
ians. Mr. J. Crafts, of Northampton, agent 
of the railroad company, is in a fair way to 
make an early settlement of all the laud dam- 
ages through the town. 

There has been an abundant fall of rain 
during the past month. Each rainstorm was 
followed by cold, drying winds, which are 
not favorable for the growth of early vegeta- 
tion. We have but little faith in weather 
predictions, however some of the wise ones 
say, "look out for heavy frosts about the 16th 
and 20th of May, as there were heavy fogs on 
the corresponding days of February." 

M. E. Warner lias sold his tobacco for 12h 
cts. through. 

About the same amount of tobacco will be 
raised here this year as last. More corn will 
be planted. The clover-fields were nearly all 
winter killed. Less Havana will be raised 
and probably more sugar-beets, as toe farmers 
who cultivated them last year were perfectly 
satisfied with them as first class feed for young 1 

The new road over Slough hill, now nearly 
completed, to take the place of the Hatfield 
road about to be discontinued, is destined to 
be a monument of somebody's incompetency 
on the board of County Commissioners. 
Earnest protests were made in the gazette 
against this action early last spring, and also 
by citizens of the county, without effect. _ A 
free pass over a railroad is more to the roint. 


History of Hatfield's Libraries. 

If as Carlyle remarks, « the true universi- 
tv of these days is a collection of hooks, and 
all edS^is to teach us how to read," 
theimporance of cherishing and -extending 
t ese a ds to civilization can hardly be over- 
rated. The people of Hatfield ear y felt the 
[mportarice of having a good collection of, 
books. A proprietary library was started 
about 80 years ago, on Mam street, with 
abou 40 proprietors, who paid an annual 
assessment to purchase new books, and from 
this beginning, libraries have been contin- 
uously supported down to the present time 
The books of the old time were standard 
works, mostly of English authorship, and in- 
cluded cvclopedias, histories, ancient and 
Imodern. English literature which included ail 
the famous authors of the two previous cen- 
centuries and works of the time, like tne 
Federalist and others relating to constitutional 
government. About the year 1828, another 
library was started in the Hill district. Ihe 
books were selected by Rev. Dr. Waterbury 
then acting pastor of the church. It included 
all the better known works of history, travel, 
science, theology, poetry and fiction. The 
list of unobjectionable works of romance ana 
novels was quite small compared with those 
now found in our libraries. Then, the ' ' Scot- 
tish Chiefs" was a wonderful book to the 
young, and perhaps more often read than any 
other. The Waverly novels were then fresh, 
and exercised a powerful interest upon the 
young imagination. Many of the characters 
were real persons ; and people read Hume 
and other historians, to know more of them, 
and thus was cultivated a taste for other his- 
tory, and the whole range of ancient and 
modern history became familiar. If the 
modern novels of Bulwer, Thackery, Dick- 
ens, Hawthorne, and a host of others more 
modern, give a better knowledge of human 
nature, it is yet a question whether they pro- 
duce as healthy an influence upon the young 
as did the earlier historical romances, which, 
as we have seen, had a tendency to create a 
thirst for knowledge more substantial. One 
fact to-day is evident, that nearly all the 
books t9ken from our library are works of 
fiction, while the readers of history are few 
and far between. The same fact would prob- 
ably hold true where libraries are kept in oth- 
er towns and cities throughout the country. 
The men that framed that marvel of wisdom, 
the Constitution of the United States, were 
certainly familiar with the history of other 
nations, their successes and failures; and 
were able through this knowledge to make 
that goverumenut so perfect. All their writ- 
ings abound in lessons and illustrations drawn 
from a familiar knowledge of all past history, 
and particularly of that relating to the Grec- 
ian and Roman Republics. How many of 
our statesmen and politicians at this time are 
as well fitted to apply the teachings of his- 
tory to these our own times, to the end that' 
a thorough reconstruction and reunion of the 
people in one great brotherhood, may be es- 
tablished throughout this broad land. 

Ji ut to return to our subject: Miss Sophia 
Smith, about the year 1862, gave $500 to es- 
tablish a library for the benefit of the Y. M. 
C. Associations; this library was kept at the 
store of Mr. J. S. Wells. An Agricultural 
library of about 300 volumes was started 
about 25 years ago, and was afterwards merg- 
ed in the Old Social Library first mentioned. 
In the year 1871 Smith Academy was built, 
and a large room on the first floor was made 
expressly for the use of a free town library, 
the town accepted the proposal of the Trustees 
of Smith Academy, and all the libraries above 
mentioned were consolidated with the present 
town library, free also to the students of the 

The Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin 
Agricultural Society are to hold their third 
institute meeting at the town hall in Hatfield 
on Wednesday, March 3, at 10 o'clock, with 
an all-day session. 

"TK^- HATFIELD. /#g"£> 

The winter term of Smith Academy closed 
Tuesday the 16th. The examination exer- 
cises showed evidence of thorough instruction 
on the part of the teachers, anoi earnest and 
faithful work on the part of most of the 

The classes in drawing by their work on 
the blackboard in the presence of visitors, 
showed great progress in this department of 
practical study. Miss Houghton appears to 
be specialty fitted for her work as a teacher 
of drawing, French and mathematics, and 
Miss Emma Porter, a graduate of the acade- 
my, is equally deserving of mention for her 
success as a teacher in her department of in- 
struction. Mr. Harding, the Principal, is 
well known us one of the most experienced 
teachers in the county. 

" The Gleaners." under the charge of Miss 
Fanny Graves, had a very successful exhibi- 
tion in Academy Hall, Tuesday evening. 
The children showed the}'' could sustain their 
parts so as to give much pleasure and en joy- 
merit to the old and the young. The music 
of Miss Hattie Brown and Mr. Hyde, piano 
and violin, was of a high order of excellence. 
There was a good audience notwithstanding 
the night was stormy. 

The singing school that has been under the 
instruction of Mr. Whiting of Springfield, 
during the past winter, promise a grand con- 
cert to come ofr at the Congregational church 
the 30th inst. It is understood that they 
have secured the services of accomplished 
singers from abroad for the occasion, which 
added to our local talent will undoubtedly 
furnish a rich treat, and make an entertain- 
ment worthy of patronage b} r all lovers of 
good music. 

The Trustees of Smith Academy held their 
annual meeting at the house of their Presi- 
dent, J. D. Billings, Esq , on Saturday P. M. 
All of the old officers were re-elected. The 
finance committee showed that the finances 
of the institution were in a prosperous and 
healthy condition, that notwithstanding the 
great depreciation of real estate, and all 
classes of securities, and the constantly di- 
minishing amount of interest and dividends 
received from the same since the 3 r car 1871, 
the time when the fund of $75,000, was 
turned over to the Trustees, and the large 
amount of money that has been annually ex- 
pended, and the present reduced basis of 
valuation, the property of the institution now 
inventories more than the amount of #75,000, 
which shows that the bulk of this fund has 
been fortunately invested and wisely and 
economically managed by the Trustees. 

fl. S. I ! ubhard is now feeding ahoul forty 
head of three year old steers, whir,) arc pro- 
nounced by a well known cattle dealer from 
abroad, tbe fattest lot of steers in the Con- 
necticut Valley. Our farmers, during the 
Tflgjiu w.ijiif j; , hayft hftpji EeeduMg a Laisjw twits* 

ber Of cattle and slice]) than usual, and \vc 
understand with a fair degree of success. 
Should you ask, how do our Republicans 

stand OH the presidential question? we think 

a fair answer for a large majority would be: 

not (Irani and a third term; not Blaine, with 
thimble-rigging in railroads and polities; not 
any Of the whole set Of schemers who are so 
ready to become the tools of the railroad 
kings to help on their grand schemes of mo- 
nopoly. We want an honest man, if possi- 
ble, a man of brains and large experience and 
Statesmanship. Such a man stands first and 
foremost in the U. S. Senate in the person of 
Senator Edmunds of Vermont. 

ilatficld Highway. 

There is but one county road between 
Northampton and Hatfield; it is therefore a 
very important avenue of travel to us and a!l I 
the towns northerly. We assume that it is 
much easier and far safer for the public travel 
to pass under, than to pass over, a railroad 
wherever it is practicable. At the point 
northerly of Slough Hill where the new rail- < 
road crosses the countv road, favorable condi- 
tions are found lor the county road to pass 
under the railroad, so that in order to give 
the requisite 14 feet, a cut of not more than 
six feet will be required in said county road 
at a very favorable point ; therefore we hope 
and trust that our County Commissioners wil 
not discontinue any part of the present road 
and lav out a new one, as proposed, over the 
lull with a bridge 23 feet above the railroad. 
In the absence of any petition from citizens 
of the county in favor of such a change, and 
with the wishes and interests of the people of 
Hatfield and other towns opposed to the 
change we trust that our county officers will 
move" slowly in their decision of this impor- 
tant matter. The washes of the managers of 
thp new railroad alone ought not to control 
the action of our Honorable Board of County 
Commissioners. Hatfield. 


;Writteu for The New England Homesteaij 
Leaves are falling, beauty fading, 

Ti63S are standing grim and bare, 
Monuments of autumn's dying, 

By the roadside everywhere. 

Where the golden rod stood gleaming, 
Blackened sentinels now stand, 

Blue-eyed asters brown and withered 
Catch the eye on every hand. 

By the brook-side in the hollow, 
Where the soft green mosses grow, 

Even here Jack Frost's cold fingers, 
Touch the tiny ferns below, 

Till they droop their sprays of beauty, 
Scarcely findiug strength to nod, 

As they curl their leaves together, 
Sink to sleep upon the sod. 

Oh, it is not death we witness, 

Nature's sleep is not in vain, 
In the spring time, fresher, brighter, 

We shall see our flowers again. 

And we know that we shall waken, 
From our brief and dreamless rest, 

Wake to life in brighter glory 
In the kingdom of the blest. 

Ida M. Al,de>:. 

BeAUTIFBX THOUGHT.— The sea is the lar<re-t 

of all cemeteries, ana its shnrjberers sleep with- 
out monuments. All other jrrave-yanls, in all 
other lauds, show some distinction between the 
treat and the small, the rich and the poor; but 
in the ocean cemetery, the king and the clown, 
the prince and the peasant, are alike distinguish- 
ed. The same waves roll over all — the same re- 
quiem by the ministrels of the ocean is sung to 
their honor. Over their remains the same storm 
beats ami the same sun shines, and there, un- 
marked, the weak and powerful, the planted and 
tnhonored, will sleep on until awakened by the 
same trump. 


There were several new features attendant 
upon our recent town meeting worthy of no- 
tice. Eight of our prominent women, second 
to none in character, influence and intelli- 
gence in the town, appeared in the meeting 
and voted so far as the law allows them, 
without any disastrous effects yet visible in 
this good old town. It seems to us natural 
and fitting that woman should vote, although 
in doing so, she disturbed the smooth current 
of old customs and prejudice. 

Our young ladies of the "Real Folks,'' did 
themselves great credit by the " lunch " they 
had prepared in the rooms of the vestry for 
the special accommodation of the voters. 
The hot oysters,, coffee and other delicacies 
gave evidence of their culinary skill, and 
were enjoyed by more than two-thirds of the 
voters present at the town meeting. Wc learn 
that they made a fair profit on the enterprise 
to the benefit of the "Heal Folks" society. 
We hope they will be encouraged to repeat 
the experiment for the benefit of future town 


The adjourned creamery meeting was fully 
attended last Thursday evening. The com- 
mittee reported that the cream of 860 cows 
could be obtained to start the creamery. 
They also reported the amount of capital nee- | 
essary to put the same in full running order. I 
One-half the stock was subscribed on the ' 
spot. It is understood that the stockholders [ 
will call a meeting at an early day to or- 
ganize the company on a business basis. We 
feel confident that if the company make a 
good selection of managers and are harmo- 
nious in their action, success will be assured 
from the start. We shall report further when 
something more definite is done, as the ex- 
periment will be of value to other butter- 
making communities in the state. Should 
this project prove to be a success, the time is 
not far distant when our farmers and their 
wives will not be harrassed with the labor of 

;he cares of finding an 

making butter, and 
uncertain market. 


Mrs. Alford of Brooklyn, N. Y., has sold 
to J. E. Porter ail of her real estate on the 
south side of Mill river, it being the Hatfield 
mill property. She reserves the factory and 
buildings on the north side, and one-half of 
the water power. The property sold includes 
the grist-mill, four dwellings and other build- 1 
ings, and eight acres of land. The property 
sold is valued at $11,000. 

Mr. C. S. Shattuck is receiving large or- 
ders for his new patent swing-out revolver, 
invented by Mr. Hyde; their business out- 
look is quite promising. 

The Hatrield Grange ha? been highly pros- 
perous during the winter, and the meetings 
have been fully attended. 


Tlie existence of doable taxation can be 
easily proved. It is well known that "Smith's 
Charities " have loaned hundreds of thous- 1 
ands of dollars to farmers and business men i 
up and down the valley, and also that every 
dollar of that fund is heavily taxed at full : 
rates of taxation in the eight towns, where itj 
is mostly loaned, and secured by mortgages 
nominally of twice the value ©f the sums 
loaned. Now. this mortgaged property is 
valued and assessed and taxed the same in 
the several towns as mortgaged property. 
This is clearly an example on a large scale of I 
double taxation to the full amount of the 
loans. Savings banks are also taxed by the 
State three-fourths of one per cent, and the 
income from this source pays the running ex- 
penses of the State, and this is applied to the 
benefit of all the towns in the Commonwealth 
in the reduction of State taxes; therefore it! 
is shown that if in the case of a farm taxed: 
for $5,000, and there is a mortgage of $2,009J 
to a savings bank— the said $2", 000 being 
already taxed by the State, thereby making 
another exampfe of double taxation to the 
amount of $2,000. Therefore as the savings 
bank has already paid a tax on the $2,000 
loaned the farmer, the latter should in jus- 
tice, fairness and equity be taxed for $3,000, 
it being the full value of his ownership in the 
farm, the apparent loss of $2,000 in valuation 
on the assessors' list is offset as shown by the 
State tax on savings banks. The present js 
burdens of double taxation are imposed upon 
that class of men who are more or less in- 
volved in debt, and are carrying heavy mort- 
gages on their property, and have seen the 
values of property of all kinds rapidly skrink- 
,ing during the last six years, the interest and 
'taxes have been paid, they have struggled 
manfully with fate, in the unequal contest, 
thousands of hard-working men have become [ 
poor, and have been forced to give up the old 
homestead to their creditors. This is the 
class of men who are asking the Legislature 
for more just and equitable laws relative to 

taxation. _^ 

"""'"Tobacco" worms are numerous, particularly 
so in South meadow. A few farmers have 
begun the tobacco harvest. S. F. Billings 
commenced Aug. 12th, Jacob Carl the 13th, ' 
J. T. Fitch and C. L. Warner the 15th. The 
early-set tobacco now looks the most promis- 
ing for a good uniform crop. 1 

A Remarkably Coltl Wave- 
Zero ! 

32 below 


Xot a laugh was heard, nor a joyous note, 
As our friend to the bridal we hurried ; 

Not a wit discharged his farewell joke, 
As the bachelor went to be married. 

"We married him quickly to nave his fright, 
Our heads from the sad sight turning, 

And we sighed as we stood by the lamp's dim 
To think him not more discerning. 

To think that a bachelor, free and bright, 
And shy of the sex as we found him, 

Should there at the altar, at dead of night, 
Be caught in the snares that bound him. 

Few and short were the words we said, 
Though of cake and wine partaking; 

We escorted him homo from the scene of dread, 
While his knees were awfully shaking. 

Slowly and sadly we marched him adown 

From the top to the lowermost story ; 
And we have never heard from nor seen the poor 
we left alone in Lis elorv. 

It was intensely cold in Northampton last i 
week. Wednesday it was cold aud snow fell 
nearly all day, five or six inches accumulating, 
and Thursday it was clear and colder, and 
fortunately there was little wind. It was 
several degrees below zero early Thursday 
morning, aud hardly more than four degrees 
above at any time during the day. Friday 
morning was cold again, but it seemed to 
grow warmer during the day, onty to give 
greater unexpectedness to what came Satur- 
day morning. Saturday's weather makes the 
oldest inhabitant scratch his head to recall the 
like of it, but in vain. It, was, according to 
locality, all the way from 19 to 32 degrees 
below zero, the latter extraordinary figures 
being recorded by the thermometer of Luther 
A. Clark, on Pomeroy avenue, off Bridge 
street, and Prest. Seelye's at the College. 
Hospital hill scored 25 degrees below, Maple 
street region 22 and 23, Elm street from 19 to 
21, Florence 25 to 26, and Williamsburg 25. 
At 9f o'clock Saturday morning the thermom- 
eter on the front of Washburn & Banks' hard- 
ware store marked 18 below, and only 20 rods 
below, Gen. B. E. Cook's thermometer stood 
squarely at 23 at the same hour. Saturday 
morning's air was filled with particles of frost, 
and trees, and walks, and human faces took 
on a very frosty look, and yet, with all this 
weather, it did not seem particularly cold, 
and certainly not as uncomfortable as if there 
had prevailed a strong wind with the mercu- 
ry at 10 degrees above. 

On the hills in Western Hampshire the cold 
was intense. In Worthington, Thursday morn- 
ing, 16 below, and at Levi Bryant's on the 
ridge one miie south of Chesterfield center, 10 
below. In West Chesterfield, Friday morn- ! 
ing, 33 below. Saturday morning, at sunrise, N 
at Levi Bryant's, 10 below, and at Orin Bis- 
bee's, one mile distant, but in a hollow, 30 
below at sunrise and 20 at 8.30. 

Although Saturday was the coldest morn- 
ing, Sunday and yesterday were by no means 
warm. Sunday morning the mercury was 
from 4 to 8 below zero, aud Monday morning 
from 8 to 15 below. 

This is very cold weather, and, as common- 
ly reported, the coldest we ever had, but a 
search among our files gives us some different 
figures. On Jan. 31, 1873, the mercury rang- 
ed from 18 to 37 below zero, being the coldest, 
37 below, at Walter Pease's house on Maple 
street. At Ansel Wright's, on Maple street, 
36; Prospect street, 24; South street, 32 to 
34. Again, on Jan. 8, 1866, it was cold, and 
the Gazette's account said it called up the 
times of the fathers. It was then from 15 to I 
22 degrees below zero, Elm street giving the 
lowest, figures. __ 

Help Yoite Mothers, Boys. — We know a 
very noble and influential man who used to 
help his mother by scouring knives and forks 
every day before he went to school, and wip- 
ing dishes as well. It would do our boys 
good to know how to sweep, to sew, and be 
helpful about the house. No boy ever light- 
ened too much his mother's daily duties. 
There is no danger of his getting weak or 
girlish. The more of a girl's gentleness he 
combines with a boy's strength, the nobler 
man he will become. Be polite to your moth- 
er; lift your hat to her, open the gate for her, 
bring a chair for her, save steps for her, be 
proud of her. 


We flatter ourselves that the school facili- 
ties of this town are unsurpassed nyanytown 
of its size In this pari of the State. The 
school buildings of the town, with one excep- 
tion, are all two story Btructares, built of 
brick. Smith Academy with its rich endow- 
ment and fine corps of teachers, is giving 

thorough instruction and fitting girls and 

boys tor business, for teaching, and for col- 
lege. The rich and the poor have equal ad- 
vantages of education in tins school. The 

town has also a large free library, Bupported 
by annual appropriations of money, this with 
the low rate of taxation and low price of real 
estate, one united religious society and a 

model pastor, we think presents strong in- 
ducements to dissatisfied capitalists and oth- 
ers that think of going West to better their 
condition, to come and locate in Hatfield and 

In this town. July T, Thomas, youngest son of Dan- 
iel Garvey. July 6, Geo. Pronx, aged 14. July n, 
(.'apt. Samuel 1'. .lanes, aged T«. July 18, Willard 
Wells Hastings, oldest child of K. I.. Hastings, form- 
erly ot South Hatllev and Hatfield, aged B8 years and 
S BOOB, The funeral was attended Monday P. M., at 
Hatfield, where the remains were buried. 

In this town. June 19, liessie, daughter of J. H. 
and I'. A. Watts, aged 2 years 1 month 2 days. 
sleep, darling Bessie, sleep, 

Safe on the Saviour's breast. 
There no goffering, pain nor death 
I ( 'an disturb your peaceful rest. 

Quite a number of our people have had 
their vacation from farm and household du- 
ties this summer, some by the seaside and 
more ou the hills nearer home. Mrs. C. K. 
Morton is with friends in Boston, Mrs. W. 
II. Dickinson, Mrs. J. D. Brown, Mrs. Mont- 
ville and Miss Murdock intend to board a 
while with Mr. Street on Mt. Tom. Miss 
Carrie Warner and others are spending the 
hot season on the high hills of West W r hately. 

Mr. and Mrs. Snow of Topeka, Kansas, are 
visitiug their Eastern friends and relatives, 
making their headquarters here with their 
mother, Mrs. S. F. Knight. 

There are still some cases of malarial fever 
in town ; otherwise the general health is good. 

Rev. Dr. Field, pastor of the College 
church, Amherst, supplied the pulpit last 
Sabbath. Rev. R. M. Woods, our pastor, 
and his wife are now having their annual va- 
cation, which they will improve by visiling 
points on the sea shore, Saratoga, and per- 
haps the mountains. 

Henry S. Hubbard has made great im- 
provement in the outward appearance of the 
well known Roswell Hubbard homestead, by I 
the removal of the front fence and the grad- j 
ing of the ground. The house, with its ele- I 
vated location, ample verandas and fresh coat 
of paint, looks very attractive, showing its 
age only by the large chimney laid in clay 
mortar. This is one of the very few old 
houses in the town built by Thomas and John 
Meekins some 200 years ago, in the times 
when the Hatfield people suffered so terribly 
from Indian raids. When first built this was 
the only fortified house on the Hill, a central 
point where the people of that part of the 
town rallied in times of danger from the sav- 
ages. The old oak in front, that has with- 
stood the storms of more than two centuries 
in the same spot where nature planted it, still 
stauds, hale and vigorous, aud no doubt is 
older than any of the large old elms now 
standing in the town. Thomas Meekins built 
and owned the Hatfield mill. The sword he 
carried is now in the possession of Dr. T. W. 
Meekins of Northampton, a lineal descendant 
of Thomas Meekins who died in 1687. 

! : ' ■ ■■ noticed a proposed leap-yc. 
i ride to South Deerficld ; it came oil on 
Thursday nighl according to programme, un- 
der the energetic management of the ladies. 
The party numbered about sixlv persons. 
Another and still larger leap-year sleigh-ride 
and ball of other of our good people to the 
Dumber of more tlian thirty couples, went to 
the same place on Tuesday night, this was 
also a success; our ladies never do things by 


The great subject of interest at the present 
time, is the new railroad extension of tin; 
New Haven and Northampton line. The 
people Of tbis town are dissatisfied with the 
proposed manner of crossing the roads of the 
town. We cannot see any reasonable objec- 
tion to crossing all our roads at grade. There 
has never been, to our knowledge, any acci- 
dent from this cause at any of the crossings 
in this town, since the latter road was built, 
more than thirty years ago. We cannot im- 
agine any other adequate reason to exist in 
support of such a scheme for making the 
travel of the town so inconvenient, unless the 
projectors of the road propose to cut us off 
entirely from all railroad accommodation. 
The idea of making sharp grades and arti- 
ficial gullies for our most important roads to. 
pass over at points where nature has provid- 
ed a natural level, is too preposterous to be 
thought of. The bare possibility of this 
wrong, awakens a feeling of indignation) 
among our people. We also feel deeply in- 
terested in the crossings of the same railroad 
in Northampton. The proposed discontinu- 
ance of the county road from a point near the 
old canal, as it runs northerly of Slough Hill 
to the gull\ r , and the laying of a new road! 
over the highest point of said Hill, is very 
objectionable to travel. The present road 
was laid more than thirty years ago by the 
County Commissioners, at much cost, in or- 
der to avoid that Hill. We think it absurd 
that the whole traveling public should be 
put to this inconvenience in order to gratify 
the whims of a corporation made up of a 
dozen persons; besides, at the point where 
the new line crosses this road, the grade ap-| 
pears to be ten feet above the said county 
road ; therefore all that will be necessary is, 
simply to cut down the county road ten feet 
at that point, so that the same shall pass un- 
der the railroad. We trust that the County 
Commissioners in their good judgment will 
see the importance of guarding well the in- j 
terests of the people. This is a very import- 
! ant road ; it is the great avenue of travel for 
! Hatfield, Whately. aud all the other towns 
north of Northampton. 

Dea. D. W. Wells is fattening the largest 
cattle in town. He has five pair: the light- 
i est will weigh 3,200 pounds and the heaviest 
j 5,000. They are the largest that have been 
! fattened here for a number of years. Their 
' total weight will be made known after they 
, are disposed of. 

F. W. Prince has captured nine foxes thus 
| far this winter, and expects to get as many 
j more this season. He has also trapped 32 
skunks, and one day in the last week of Jan- 
uary, he shot and captured 29 muskrats. One 
of the foxes that he captured, measured four 
feet 1H- inches from tip of the nose to tip of 
the tail" and weighed 14 lbs. 10^ ounces. Sup- 
posed to be the largest killed in this locality 
for a number of years. 


Golden Wedding in Hatfield. 

The event of last week was the eelf hraHrm 
'■xnx^hrttmj evening ui me oTTTTi anniversaiy of 
the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Philos Doane. 
Some of the many friends of this respected 
couple who have lived so long together, 
thought it would be a good thing to celebrate, 
in a quiet way, this interesting event. The 
friends and relatives contributed the sum of 
$75 as a testimonial of love and good will, 
and to enable them to keep this occasion in 
pleasant remembrance. The arrangements 
were made by Mrs. C. K. Morton, who evi- 
dently has a. genius for such things. The 
company moved in a body to the house of 
this bride and groom of 50 years ago, taking 
them completely by surprise. Hev. R. M. 
Woods made the presentation speech, which 
was happy in its allusions to their active and 
useful lives, and in its expressions of the re- 
spect and affection with which they are 
regarded. On account of the illness of their 
daughter, Mrs. J. II. Sanderson, with whom 
they reside, the company was restrained from 
the jubilant manifestations of the feelings 
which generally will come out on such occa- 
sions. In behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Doane, 0. 
K. Morton made a very neat and appropriate 
speech. Mrs. M. E. Miller read a poem, 
prepared for this anniversary, a gem of 
beautiful thoughts and appropriate " expres- 
sion, for which she is notably gifted. The 
amateur poetry, by some unknown author, 
was full of good things with some sharp 
points on a son, who once was a soldier boy 
iu Company K, 52cl Keg. Mass. Volunteers. 
John says he will some time get even with 
the author. 

The farmers of this town, with some three 
or four exceptions, are all tobacco growers. 
The late tobacco has come on splendidly dur- 
ing the last week, and much of it bids fair to 
equal the early growth in quantity and qual- 
ity. If the weather is favorable most of it 
will be cut this week. The crop in this town 
is estimated at about 700 acres, which will 
\ probably produce nearly 3000 cases, of which i 
at least, one-fourth is Havana seed. I 

A private letter from Chicago a short time 
an-o gave an account of an exhibition in that 
cfty of a number of horses that only weighed 
from 85 to 95 lbs. each. A letter of later 
date says, ' ' Chicago's heaviest horse is owned 
bv the Wilson Packing Co., and weighs 2230, 
and the tallest horse is 6 ft. 4 in to the top 
of shoulders and weighs about 1900 lbs., and] 

is thin in flesh lx1WJfiK greffT. 

Follow thine intuition?. 

Tiiev always ifeai thee right; 
In ull of thine (ambitions 

Heed thou the inner sight. 

Whatever to that vision 
Seems duty, for thee, do; 

No matter what derision 
The doing leads thee through. 

And derision it will bring thee, 
Ere the Avorld shall understand, 

And their tardy praises siug thee 
Whom they had gladly banned; 

Thev who would joy to shame thee 
And chill thy heart with fright, 

Did not thy grit proclaim thee 
Superior to their might. 

Brave one, thine intuitions 
Shall always lead thee right; 

In all of thine ambitious 
Heed thou the inner sight ! 

Directed by that vision 

Thy duty bravely do; 
The glow from thy decision 

Shall light and lead thee through. 


"The Extraordinary Summer. 

j The "dark day" of last week, so strange in 
its complexion, so altogether unlike anything 
that bas been recorded within our time, served 
to frighten many superstitious people as if it 
were an omen of ill fate, and to fill the gen- 
eral talk with wonder and speculation, while it 
draws attention also to the fact that this is in 
eveiy respect, over large regions of the earth, 
an exceptional summer, marked by extraordi- 
nary weather and by "signs in the sky" as ex- 
traordinary. The visits to our system of two 
comets long seen in the northern heavens, 
and one still seen dimly, would distinguish the 
season,— even a solitary comet makes a year 
notable. But whether a comet has any effect 
upon our earth is altogether problematic ; it is 
supposed that we have often had a brush from 
some comet's tail, leaving behind it as it goes 
trails of meteors, that circle and return again 
and affect us no more than the falling of au- 
tumn leaves. The time has gone for our west- 
ern civilization when comets affright 

"For fear of change perplexing sovereigns,"— 
but two of them in a summer, and in such a 
summer, make something of an impression on 
the timid, who have read Drophecies of "signs 
'in the sun and moon and stars," and that "the 
'powers of heaven shall be shaken." 

The dark day of last week was much rarer 
than a comet, for in this generation we have 
seen a good many of those mysterious visitants, 
j but no other such day. The phenomena of the 
;day, as they are described by various observers 
I in the regions it covered, deserve some examina- 
tion, for it is probable that out of all the data 
furnished we shall be able to extract some 
definite conclusion as to their cause. In the 
"dark day" of our forefathers, May 19, 1780, 
which extended over almost the same country, 
there were few observers and little facility of 
communication; but the recorded appearances 
and effects correspond very closely with those of 
Tuesday, the 6th inst., and the preliminary con- 
ditions appear to have been similar. Both days 
; were preceded by a period of extremely warm 
; weather, during which the atroosphere was 
i heavily charged with moisture, which did not 
precipitate itself upon the heated earth, but con- 
tan tly drew from its water-courses and springs, 
at night in visible mists. In May, 1780, as on 
this occasion, there were burning and had been 
burning for some time large forest fires 
to the north and west, sending up vast masses of 
smoke. It is in the combination of these two 
elements of thick vapor close to the earth, and 
dense smoke clouds borne high in masses sea- 
ward by the upper currents that we shall prob- 
ably have to look for the complete conditions 
necessary to produce the strange complexion of 
the cloudy canopy with its weird effects of color, 

fnd the peculiarly oppressive and unnatural 
tmospber e. 

Messrs. J. F. Cook ec Co. have lately sold a 
large Scotch granite monument to Mr. A. J. 
Jones of North Hatfield, for $1200.00 ; one to 
Mr. Justin Hastings of Hatfleld for $1000.00 ; 
one to Major L. G. Bobbins of Great Barring- 
ton, for $1000.00 ; also one to L. B. Chapiu, 
Esq. of Willimansett. They are doing a large 
business in importing Scotch and English 


A lovelier day than last Wednesday cotrid 
not have been asked for the pleasanl wedding 
which occurred at 3 o'clock on the afternoon 
of that day at the house of Mr. Josephus 
Crafts on Market street, whereabout 85 rela- 
tives and Friends had assembled to celebrate 
the marriage of Mr. Charles A. Jones of 
North Hatfield, son of Austin Jones, to Miss 
Carrie !•:. Gady-Phillipe, adopted daughter of 
the late Allen Phillips of the Ashfield House, 
Ashfield, and niece of Mr. Crafts. The cere- 
mony was performed by Rev. [saac Clark of 
the Edwards church. The bride was becom- 
ingly attired in a tasteful costume of myrtle 
fefreen silk, handsomely embroidered. The 
wedding presents were numerous. The most 
substantial of all was from the father of the 
groom, being- a deed of the farm at North 
Hatfield upon which the bridegroom has lived 
for several years. Other valuable gifts were 
a silver ice pitcher and cup, two pickle cas- 
tors, berry dish, one dozen each of silver 
knives, forks, fruit knives and nut-picks, a 
pair of silver tablespoons, a pair of silver- 
napkin rings, silver jewel casket, a beautiful 
hand-painted satin Ian, music cabinet, ebony 
pedestal, two handsome engravings, the sub- 
jects of which were " The Deer - Pass" and 
"Enlin Seuis," a painted placque and easel, 
two toilet sets, lace pillow and sheet shams. 
two lace handkerchiefs, hand-painted necktie^ 
table d'oyleys, satin work bag, album, suit of 
under-clothing trimmed with darned lace, a I 
wall banner decorated,, with " Kate Green- 
away" subjects, pictures, vases, and other 
articles.' The bridal pair left on the G o'clock 
train for a week's trip to New York, lighted 
on their way by the full hunter's moon, which 
made the night even more glorious than the 
day had been, if that were possible. Showers 
of rice were thrown by friendly hands as they 
departed from the house, and they have the 
kindest wishes of a large circle of friends for 
future happiness in their married life, so aus- 
piciously begun. 



Go work in the Master^ vineyard, 
He calleth for willing hands; 
Already the day is passing away. 
And waiting the Saviour stands. 

Without, in the early morning, 
The workers are hurrying on; 
Amid the whirl cf a busy world, 
Your lite work must still be done. 

You vris% with anxious louging, 
For something that you may do; 
And fold your hands, while the Saviour 
Ami lovingly calls to you. 

Then work iu the Master's vineyard, 
Before it shall be too late; 
Tor why will vou stand with the careless band 
Of idlers about the gate ? 

And if, in your busy 1 oiling, 
Your iiead and yoar heart grow faint, 
And vou turn away in the weary day, 
It may be with sad complaint, 

Lookback, in the busy vineyard, 
At the vines you have trained so well, 
And tell me again, if the toil and the pain 
Are recalled, in the joy you feel. 

Each vine that your busy fingers 
Shall train for tue Master there, 
1'eichance, some day, in his own right way, 
Its cluster of fruit shall bear. 
Brooklyn, In. Y. 


Death with its unrelenting grasp has again 
visited our neighborhood, taking from us our 
much-loved friend, .Mrs. E. It. Grave*. The 
associations of many years have endeared her 
to us by learning her many noble Christian 
qualities. I let* one great purpose of life was 
not to live for self alone, but was ever mind- 
ful of all whom she could in any way relieve 
in hours of sorrow or destitution. Ile.r heart 
was one of love and sympathy, and her warm 
and genial greetings will long be remembered 
by those who recall the many pleasant and 
profitable hours spent in her company. The 
past few months gave signs of declining 
health; but her natural spirit of endurance 
enabled her in a measure to shield from those 
around her the many ills of the flesh until 
her last sickness, which was accompanied 
with iudeseribable suffering, only to be re- 
lieved by death, which found her in perfect I 
reconciliation to God's will, if He thought her 
earthly work was done. 

Wife and mother, sister, friend, 
Thy life work's done, thyjourney 
AVas slowly met, with willing feet 
To cross the river, thy Saviour meet. 

Long has thy gentle smile been ours; 
Shall we condemn death's mighty powers ? 
No, for we know thou hast b /en "borne 
From earth's dark; night to Heaven's morn. 

Besting gently at, the feet 

Of thy Saviour, gentle, meek; 

Thy spiiit trusting to his care; 

Oh! may we meet tkee over there, v. s. I 


Sales of land in Hatfield: — The executors 
of J. D. Billings' estate have sold 8^- acres \c\ 
J. S. Wells; also, two acres to EfciVid fall- 
ings; price $200 per acre; land iu Great 
Ponsit and IVfiddle Division, S, P. Hillings 
six acres— stone pilla— to Jacob Carl, about 
$3QQ for the lot. 

E. H. S. 


More than fifty spectators were in attend- 
ance at the examination of the primary 
school in North Hadley village, Friday, un- 
der the veteran teacher, Mrs. Elizabeth 
Baker, known as "Aunt Betsy," who began 
to teach more than forty years ago. She was 
75 years old last Sunday, yet retains her 
vigor and her interest in children, and works 
for them with an enthusiasm for which it 
would be hard to find a parallel. 


Sung at his Funeral. 

Ho, reapers of life's harvest! 

Why stand with rusted blade, 
Until the night draws round thee 

And day begin* iu. fade V 

Why stand ye idle, waiting 
For reapers more to come— 

The golden morn is passing; 
Why sit ye idle, dumb ? 

Thrust in your sharpened sickle 
And gather in the grain; 

The night is fuet approaching, 
And soon will come again. 

Thy Muster calls for reaper*, 
Ana shall He call in Tain- 
Shall sheaves lie there uugathered 
And waste upon the plain * 

Mount up the heights of wisdom 
And crush each error low; 

Keep back no words of knowledge 
That human hearts should know. 

Be faithful to thy mission 

Jn service of thv Lord, 
And then a golden chaplet 

Shall be thy just reward. 


The Republican Senatorial convention se- 
lected Mr Alvan Barrus of Goshen as their 
candidate for Senator. The friends of Mr 
Barrus can safely guarantee his special fitness 
ror the feenate, and the farmers of old 
fcLapipshire will honor themselves by civic* 
their votes to one of their number who will 
so worthily represent them. We supposed 
the decision of the convention would settle 
the questions of local claims, but we again 
find it revived by your worthy correspondent 
in he last Gazette. " L. M.B." is no doubt 
historically correct as to the long- service of 
(John Hastings of Hatfield as Senator and 
i Councillor 100 years ago and later, but that 
, was not to our point. Aft candid minds will 
agree that fifty years is far enough to go back 
I m order to make a fair comparison of the rep-' 
resentation of the several towns of Hamp- 
shire county in the State Senate, and our po- 
sition of only one year's representation of the 
| town of Hatoeldin that time will stand un- 
lmpeached. What does it concern us of the 
present age from whence came the law-mak- 
ers of William the Conqueror, or of Q uee n 
Lhzabeth, or of a later age ? To the oldest of 
us memory is so lost beyond a half centurv 
ago that the old musty records of the past 
must be consulted in order to post ourselves 
as to the civil service of a tinfe when a differ- 
ent perhaps a better, system prevailed than 
that which is m force at the present time. 
I lie doctrine of rotation in office has since ob- 
tained, and is now the established custom of- 
ten standing in the way of the best grade of 
public service. No matter how competent 
the new member shows himself to be he is 
generally retired after one year's service as 
representative in the country districts In 
these days of better pay, there is such an 
itching and scramble for office that party 
caucuses are sometimes packed, and bolting 
candidates are run ; men of good character 
are slandered and their fair names are smirch- 
ed and blackened in the heat of a personal 
canvass, all to obtain votes. 

Quite in contrast were the olden times It 
appears by the records that the town of Hat- 
V ?a?i DOt t0 send a representative in the 
JlZ% m ll° ^inclusive. The town was 
hen fined by the General Court for failing to 
be represented. It was voted to pay the fine 
but even then they did not elect in 1823 and 
the town was not represented for a period of 
seven years. 

The Bay State Telephone Co. offer to ex- 
tend their wire from Northampton to Hatfield 
provided seven persons will engage to take 
instruments , costing annually $30 each, and 
£150 is raised to erect the necessary wire to 
connect the center of the town with the Hat- 
neld depot. The benefits of the telephone in 
connection with the telegraph are well under- 
stood; its establishment here would save 
many fruitless trips to Northampton and oth- 
er towns, and much valuable time in expedi- 
ting business; it would make the town more 
mviting to strangers as a desirable place of 
residence. We understand that an opportun- 
tr will soon be given our citizens to test 
their enterprise and public spirit: a paper 
will be circulated to secure the $150 neceia 
iy to- establish the telephone in this town 


The matters of public interest from this 
time until the 7th of November will be large- 
ly political. All people are more or less in- 
terested iu having the representative govern- 
ment and executive affairs of the state admin- 
istered by honest and safe men. It is desira- 
ble that the farming interests of the state 
should be represented by a larger per-centage 
of intelligent, practical farmers than hereto- 
fore — men with ability to rebuke the sneering 
Browns of Boston and egotists of their kind, 
who think it good sport to ridicule the farm- 
ers of the state, when the farmers, so few in 
numbers in the last Legislature, sat in dumb 
helplessness, while their interests in sheep 
husbandry and necessary protection from 
dogs were lampooned and ridiculed by the 
glib-tongued Brown. Wtien the farmers be- 
come more self-respecting and united, they 
will command more respect under the "gild- 
ed dome." 

At the Republican caucus last Friday even- 
ing, W. EL Dickinson, Henry S. Hubbard, 
C. S. Shattuck and Eurotas Morton were 
chosen delegates to the Representative dis- 
trict convention. It was understood that they 
will present the name of Thaddeus Graves as 
a candidate for Representative. The caucus 
was a full one and unanimous in its choice, 
each of the delegates receiving fifty votes. 
Mr. Graves is a large farmer, a man of un- 
questioned ability, and has for years success- 
fully advocated economy in town expendi- 
tures. Such a spirit iu the halls of legisla- 
tion could be made useful in the libe of re- 
ducing state taxes. 

Mrs. F. D. Billings is visiting friends in 
New York city. Mrs. W. H. "Dickinson is 
called to her afflicted sister's family in Stam- 
ford, Connecticut. 


O gorgeous stranger in our skv: 
Thought vainly yeavns, and asks of thee, 
What are thy splendors flaming by? 
On what high mission dost thou fly 
From, and unto eternity ? 

We saw thee dawn in depths ot space- 
Depths so profound that eye or mind 
Is lost, thy mighty arch to trace; 
We view thee now in '-pride of place," 
And ask what hast thou left behind ? 

What hast thou scon as thou hast passed 
By qrb's and systems rolling round ? 
From other worlds are glam-es cast 
On thee and thy bright train so vast? 
Seem'st thou to them with grandeur crowned ? 

Hast thou the gates of morning seen ? 
Looked on the Zion bsilt above? 
We look by faith; bin thou hast been 
Afar, yea haply in tiie sheen 
u; angels round their home of love. 

Like an armada stretching far 
O'er boundless blue of unknown seas, 
Art thou an arm of peace or war. 
Now hastening to some troubled star 
That wanders from divine decrees ? 

Or, Where's thy home, where thou dost play 
With shorter revel,— milder mien? 
No more!— we know thy splendid ray 
Must even like viewless' motes, obey 
The law that launched thee on the scene. 

Fill then thy task, wiiate'er it be, 

Since the great Builder of the skies 

With what we see. and cannot see,' 

Directs them all. and heedeth thee. 

And lie is strong, and good and wise. w. n. 


Last Sabbath the interior of our church 
was heavily draped on all sides with mourn* 
iing emblems in token of the common sorrow 
for the nation's loss. A large national flag 
was festooned and tastefully draped behind 
the pulpit and in front of the organ. The 
flowers so nicely arranged, added symmetry 
to the other tasteful decorations. The ser- 
vice was solemn and impressive, memorial of 
the life, character and services of the loved 
and honored Garfield. The choir opened i 
With the anthem " Rest Spirit, liest," which 
| was sung before on a like occasion after, the i 
death of the lamented Lincoln. The sermon 
o\' Pastor Woodsi was an eloquent and touch- 1 
; ing tribute to the character of the dead Presi- 
dent, portraying in just and glowing colors 
the litfr-Stru^gles and achievements of the no- 
'ble dead, with the moral and political lessons 
which are the logical sequence of such a life 
and death. There were but few dry eyes 
during its delivery. The people sorrowed as 
for the loss of a near and dear friend. The 
bell was tolled a half hour on Monday, at the 
time the last funeral service was being held 
at Cleveland, followed by further exercises 
at the church in memory of our much lament- 
ed Chief Magistrate. 

This year has been a remarkable one in 
many respects. When the thermometer records 
90 degrees in the shade on the 25th day of 
Sept. we can hardly realize that "Bummer 
is over " aud that the season of cattle shows 
has come. 




Suggested by Mas. Ooltoian on going home the Sab- 
bath after Mother's death. 

'Twas Sabbath, near the close of day, 
1 wandered to that hallowed place 
Where Mother never failed before, 
To meet me ut the open door 
With love's fond kiss or au embrace. 

But now her welcoming have ceased, 
The rooms re-echo not her tread; 
And there's a void that naught can fill, 
A htisli so terrible and still, 
The home has now o'erspread. 

I sat me in her easy chair 
Where she so oft had sat by mc, 
And breathing words of tenderest love 
In tones that vied with those above— 
Oh! Mother, can it be! 

With tearful eyes I glanced around, 
Some handiwork of hers I sought; 
In every room, in every place, 
Some impress of herself I'd trace, 
Work which even time can scarce efface, 
Those loving hands had wrought. 

And as we 'round the table met, 
Oh, what emotions swelled my breast- 
That vacant place, that empty chair, 
And she who long presided there 
With queenly grace, with loving caro— 
Cone to her last, long rest. 

Gone— gone— oh, words of import dread; 
Gone, never, nevermore to come. 
Hard 'tis to drink this bitter cup 
And yield thee our dear Mother up, 
And say " Thy will be done." 

Mother, thy groat life-work is done, 

And thy reward is given? 

Now free from all that grieves and harms. 

From all life's sorrows and alarms, 

Saf<; in the everlasting arms — 

Sweet rest is thine in Heaven. 

Dear Mother, though Ave bow in tears, 
We'll hope again to meet 
TJoon the and shining shore 
With thee, aud loved ones gone before, 
When life's rough changeful voyage is o'Ci", 
Our joy full and complete. 

3. w. o. 


The busy season has come to our farmers. 
The roads ant now in good order, the fields 
are in a line condition for Ihe plow, and ev- 
erything is favorable for farming operations. 
A large majority of the growers have sold 
their tobacco, and they are taking hold of the 
spring's work again with renewed vigor, and 
a hopeful trust in Providence for abundant 
crops to reward their labors, and hoping still 
that the boom of business success may crown 
their efforts with ready markets for their pro- 
ducts at, fair prices. Some are disposed to 
think the farmer's life is undesirable because of 
its hard work and small profits, it also has 
its bright side, like other employments; The 
farmer gets near to mother earth and learns 
her secrets. He deals with the mysterious 
forces of nature, as seen in the germination of 
seeds which, under his fostering care.grow into 
plants and ripen into wavingharveststo furnish 
food for the millions of toilers. Such employ- 
ment should develop the true nobility of man. 
What other calling furnishes better opportu- 
nities for a practical knowledge of ' affairs, 
and a healthy development of the mental, 
moral and physical powers that God has so 
pre-eminently endowed the Jiuman race? It 
is an acknowledged fact that farming pros- 
perity is the basis of prosperity to all classes; 
of our country. Then farmers, as a class, 
should be more self-respecting, and claim to 
be the peers of other men, no matter what 
their occupation or profession. 


The first meeting of the P. of H. to organ-\ 
ize plans for the coming winter will be held J 
at the house of Worthy Master Thaddeus 
Graves, Esq. , on Monday eve, Nov. 28. 

Thanksgiving day will be generally observ- 
ed in the old-fashioned way, with family re- 
unions wherever practicable. Notable among 
these family gathering will be that at the I 
home of Deacon Porter, when probably some 
six or seven families will meet around the | 
"old hearth stone." 

Esq. Houghton and wife of Putney, Vt.,j 
are visiting with their daughters, Mrs. W. B. 
Harding and Mrs. H. S. Hubbard. 

Among the arrivals in town last week was 
Mrs. Dr. Smith of Terrehaute, 111. She is 
the eldest daughter of Mr. Elisha Hubbard. I 
Owing to the pressure of business the genial 
Doctor was unable to come. 

The fall term of Smith Academy will close 
to-day with the examinations, and the dra- 
matic exhibition of the students in the even- 
ing. They have an excellent program and 
will be likely to draw a full house. 

Our pastor, Mr. Woods, after preaching a 
very impressive sermon last Sabbath morning, 
mentioned the day as closing five years of his 
labors in Hatfield. The five years will be 
memorable in the history of the church as a 
period of union, harmony and progress in 
spiritual things ; certainly a cause for thanks- 
giving in this community that we as a peo- 
ple have been so highly favored, notwith- 
standing the years of business depression. 


The winter term of Smith Academy closed 
Tuesday, March 15th. The examinations! 
passed off very creditably; the school is 
growing, perhaps slowly, but surely in the 
confidence of the people. Its future never: 
looked more flattering than now. Academy, 
Hall was packed with people in the evening 
to witness the play "A Thorn among Roses " 
and "Fireman," presented by the studer 1 ^ ! 
_with much credit to themselves, giving pl^ 

The " Reports of the Selectmen and School 
Committee," is a very modest document of 
twenty pages. The Selectmen let the figures 
tell their own stoiy without explanation or 
comment, on their part. The lleport of the 
School Committee is short, yet contains some 
practical suggestions which should be acted 
upon by parents, especially those who have 
children attending the public schools. 

The Selectmen report that after deducting 
unpaid orders and outstanding bills, there 
will remain in the treasury a balance of 
$626.81. One year ago there was a balance 
of $435.25, so that there has been an actual 
reduction in outstanding indebtedness of the 
town during the year of $1,191.56. The 
present indebtedness of the town is, $4,873.- 
19— taking the last valuation of the assessors 
as a basis — a tax of four mills on a dollar 
would wipe it out. 

Parties have been quite busy in buying up 
tobacco in town at prices that will not pay 
the farmer in some cases, the fair living profit 
he ought to receive. Parties who get twelve 
cents and upwards, as a number have done 
ought not to complain. 



Rev. Mr. Colton of Easthampton gave 
a very acceptable sermon last Sabbath. Be- 
fore the prayer he made pathetic mention of 
the low condition of President Garfield, which 
moved many to tears. His prayer was ear- 
nest and tender, appropriately expressing the 
desires of many hearts. 

Wm. Belden of North Hatfield had the 
misfortune to fall from the third tier of his 
tobacco barn last Thursday, which injured 
him severely, and he is still suffering from the 
effects of the fall. On the same day, while 
Wm. Lyons was killing hogs for Theodore 
Baggs. he slipped down and in his efforts to 
recover his balance, his right hand came in 
contact with the butcher knives in a pail, 
thereby cutting his hand in such a peculiar 
way that it was a hard matter to staunch the 
flow of blood. 

Rev. R. M. and Mrs. Woods are expected 
home this week, after a four weeks' absence, i 

Mr. and Mrs. Snow will return to Topeka, 
Kan., this week. 

In our youth we noticed that turkey gob- 
blers took great offence at a prominent dis- 
play of bright red colors. So now to some j 
readers of the Gazette tobacco is an unpalata- j 
ble subject. At the risk of offending such ; 
we feel called upon occasionally to refer to it 
while it remains the leading crop in the Con- 
necticut valley. Of those who have complet- 
ed the tobacco harvest are David Billings, S. 
F. Billings, Jacob Carl and Fred Carl. Some 
others have nearly finished, while quite a 
number are just beginning the harvest. The 
weather has been considered quite favorable 
for the bringing out the late tobacco during 
the past ten days. 

Written for the Hampshire Gazette. 

O good man and wise ruler gone; 

The thought of thee 
Comes like a voice, on every tone, 

From land and sea; 
And though we know thee lifeless clay, 
Tliv silent presence day by day, 
Still with us walks our darkened way; 

Our good man gone. 

Lol still another martyr tomb 

Ajar we see; 
Again a Lincoln falls iu gloom ; 

And shudderingly 
We view another murder scene, 
Which will not pass— for it hath been, 
And wrings the soul with anguish keen! 

O good man gone. 

juiKe some strong bough by tempests riven, 

We long did see 
Thy prostrate form, and looked to heaven 

And wept for thee; — 
Wept with love's zeal not yet resigned, 
And midst high mysieries gazed, to rtnd 
Some Gilead balm, some healing kind, 

Good man, for thee. 

But, Love divine deuied our prayer, 

And called thee home; 
And now our restless visions dare 

Even there to roam; 
Yea, in two worlds we look on thee, 
And kuow that henceforth thou wilt be 
In each beloved eternally;— 

Our good man gone. 

Thus wilt thou stay, immortal one ! 

Ages shall see 
Columbia wreathe another son; 

And thou wilt be 
A martyr voice, a beacon ray, 
To guide the land in wisdom's way, 
Through twilight on to perfect day,- 

O, good man gone. 

w. D. 


'Tvvas New Year's, aud bright the sun 
Shone o'er the cold snow-mantled earth, 
And many hearts with joy elate, 
Were welcoming its gladsome birth. 

But in our band the mirth and song 
Were silenced, for there death had come 
And stricken out the Central Light— 
Our Mother loved— the joy of home. 

The Mother whom we loved in youth, 
And cherished till maturer years, 
Who shared our sorrows and our joys— 
Who even wiped our falling tears. 

Her Christmas greetings joined with ours 
On Christmas morn with joy and cheer; 
But silent was that voice in death 
The morning of the glad New Year. 

Vainly we tried to catch again 
Some'toues from those silent lips, 
Some recognition from the eyes 
Which curtained were by death's eclipse. 

Though three score years and ten had passed, 
Lightly their touch had marked her brow; 
It seemed to us she ne'er in life 
More needed was, more loved than now. 

But unexpected came the call. 
And darkened suddenly the home 
Where tender welcomings of love 
Have to us each so long been shown ; 

Where our reunions have so oft 
Occasions been with joy replete, 
Where tender ministries of love 
We've never failed from her to meet. 

Oh ! we shall miss thee, Mother loved, 
The morning hours, the noon and night, 
When Summer flowers renew their bloom, 
And seasons speed their onward flight. 

But, Mother, in our hearts enshrined, 
Shall live thy memory evermore, 
Thy love shall be our beacon light, 
Our guiding star to yonder shore. 

O, beautiful the time indeed 
Thy heavenly summoning to hear, 
To enter thy eternal rest 
The morning of the glad New Year. 

" A Happy New Year " then to thee, 
Dear Mother, in thy radiant home, 
" Happy New Year " with loved ones there, 
Where separations are unknown. 


The tobacco crop is immense in growth, 
nothing like it since the famous crop of 1864, 
which the older farmers will remember. 

Some, of our most enterprising young 
farmers are turning their attention to the 
rearing of colts from fast stock. The pedi- 
grees of St. Julien and other equally noted 
horses are being canvassed, and horse 
now in order. 



Mr. P. Doane, an old man of over 70 years, 
who had a very serious fail in the tol 
barn of T Bagge some tw3 weeks ago, has 
recovered from his injuries and is about 

ag Smith Academy has opened its Call term 
with some 50 scholars, one-third of them 
from neighboring towns otf the west side ol 
the Connecticut river. . 

The pulpit last Sabbath was not occupied, 
and yet the church services on that day were 
quite satisfactory, with good music and one 

Of Spurgeon'S best sermons read by \ POL 
Harding. The pastor, Mr. Wood, will return 
from his vacation this week. 

We are assured that some of the prominent 
Butler men will fall into line with their old 
Republican comrades and vote the Republi- 
can ticket this coming election, to secure the 
results of the war in which many of them 
participated. Sensible men. 

The recent performance of the uemo^iais 
at the election in Alabama is a set-back to 
one's faith in Southern honesty and tamiess 
in counting the votes. Admitting that t.ic 
Republican is not what it snould be, an ideal 
oartv, are there not many young men now 
-oters for the first time in a national election, 
pondering the question how to vote? We. 
think every intelligent young man will hesi- 
tate somewhat before he decides to cast his 
first vote for the candidates of the Democrat- 
ic Darty who will certainly be controlled bj 
the unscrupulous Southern element of that 
party those "born leaders of men, as 
Judie Tourgee describes them in his iamous 
book " The Fools Errand." 

The quarterly meeting of the Hampshire 
County Branch of the Woman s Board 
Missions will be held at Hatfield on Yv ednes 
day P. M., Sept. 8, at 2 oY-locic. 


' About 23 young people, mostly from this 
place, had a straw ride, oyster supper and! 
dance, Monday eve, Dec. 27, going to Sun- ! 
derland, at Swan's hotel, and arriving home | 
early the - next day. Many thanks to the 
drivers, fiddlers and prompter. 

Ta Ting Kin, a Chinese student, of Phil- 
lips Academy, Exeter, N. H., spending his 
vacation at his first home in this country, 
lately took the place of the grammar school 
teacher, out on account of illness; " keeping 
school " to the satisfaction of all concerned. 
Here is a new field for the opposition of 
Sandlots & Co. 

The Fellowship Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 
28th,- was well attended and deeply interest- 
ing. Eleven churches were represented of 
the thirteen invited. The general topic was : 
The relation of the family to the church. 
Rev. Dr. Ayres, and others, spoke forcibly 
and feelingly on Family Worship ; its origin, 
purpose, and influence on the church service. 
Rev. Mr. Hatch of " Amherst City " M. E. 
Church, led a praise service, and preached. 
Rev. Mr. Fisher read a paper, and Rev. Mr. 
King of the M. E. Church, of Amherst, and 
others spoke, on: How can the family be 
made a more efficient aid to the church? 
The next meeting is with the church in East 

At the annual meeting of the church, the 
old board of officers was re-elected, and 
Francis P. Russell was chosen deacon for 
five years, to succeed himself. 

The Sunday-school chose the officers re- 
commended by the joint committee of the 
church and school, viz ■ James Spear, super- 
intendent ; O. W. Prouty, assistant and libra- 
rian, with the committee of last year. 

The ice crop bids fair to be up to the aver : J 


The Republican Representative caucus last 
Thursday evening was well attended. A 
ballot was token for a candidate for Repre- 
sentative, resulting in the choice of C. S. 
Shattuck, he having 21 votes to II. S. Hub- 
bard !;">. Delegates to the convention, \V. 
H. Dickinson, ft. S. Hubbard, J. S. Wells 
and J. E. Porter. There is some disappoint- 
ment here because the claims of Hatfield 
were overruled In the convention. The nom- 
inee, Rev. Rowland Ay res of Iladley is well 
known here, and we see no reason why he 
should not receive the Republican vote of 
Hatfield, and if elected, be an honor to the 
district and add power and dignity to the , 
delegation of men who will represent the in- 
telligence and business interests of Old Hamp- ' 
shire at the State House this winter. 

, Among the best farmers in this town are 
the Carl brothers. In addition to their farm 
work they do quite a large business in buying , 
and packing tobacco for New York and Con- ! 
uecticut parties. They are also connected 
with F. C. Linde & Co., the well-known to- 
I bacco inspectors of New York. Jacob and 
Philip Carl sampled over 7,000 cases of 
tobacco last year in Massachusetts aud Con- j 
necticut. Their business is constantly in- i 
creasing, and they are now among the promi- ! 
uent business men of the town. About 25 
years ago they were poor boys, and left Sax- 
ony, their native country, which is now a 
part of the German Empire, to seek their | 
fortunes in the New World, landed at New : 
York, found their way to Hatfield where they 
have since lived, and learned a new language, j 
Each of the three brothers is now in the full ' 
tide of prosperity — all this in spite of adverse 
circumstances. What an example to poor 

As the farmers have, with few exceptions, 
finished their fall harvests, the rain-storm of 
Saturday came in timely for the tobacco in- 
terests. Quite large quantities of tobacco 
were taken down, and '• stripping" will be 
the leading business among farmers during 
the present month. 

It is noticeable that the church attendance 
has been largely increased during the last six 
months. Rev. R. M. Woods preached a 
most excellent sermon last Sabbath, from 
Acts 26: 29. His subject was Self-Sacrifice. 

"ThatfieldT ^ 

The students of Smith Academy will give I 
a dramatic exhibition at Academy hall on b 
Tuesday, Nov. 22. The exhibition will con- 1 
efefc of the drama entitled "Breach of Prom- 
ise" or "Second Thoughts are Best," and 
the farce "Deaf as a Post." Music will be 
furnished by the Armory Hall Orchestra o, 
this town, it being their first appearance 
before the public since their reorganization. 
Reserved seats now ou sale at the post office 
and store of J. H. Howard. 

Benjamin Baggs returned last week after 
two years' absence in Wyoming Ter engaged 
in herding cattle. Herds of 40,000 head of| 
cuttle are quite common there. ■■•> V 

Rev. R. M. Woods exchanged with Rev. 
W E. Knox ofjNorthampton last Sabbath. 

The Sunday school concert passed off very 
mlcasantly. The quartet, duet and solo sing- 
ing were excellent. The animated voices of 
the infant class were sweet and pleasant as 
they sang "Little Pebbles." The vestry 
was well' filled. Superintendent A. H. Graves 
is quite successful in getting up enjoyable 
.Sunday school concerts. 


Things have glided along so smoothly in 
this quiet hamlet during the past week, that 
there are but few passing incidents known to 
the reporter, worthy of record. Strangers 
who have visited our cemetery in the rear of 
the church, have expressed their surprise at 
finding in a couutry village so large a number 
of elegant and costly monuments as it con- 
tains. While such expressions are gratifying 
to our pride, it cannot be denied that the 
beauty of the place and the improvements , 
made are greatly marred by the narrow -J 
avenues and the rectangular arrangement of 
the grounds, with only one entrance for five 
parallel avenues, and that at the southeast 
corner of the rectangle. The town or pro- 
prietors should own additional lands which 
will soon be needed for burial purposes; 
land is needed at the cast end in order to 
"■et direct access with teams to each of the 
avenues ; land is needed at the west end, part- 
ly for a circular driveway which could be 
made ornamental and useful for turning the 
teams so that they can enter the narrow av- 
enues without trespassing upon private lots. 
With such additional lands, the details of a 
plan could be easily arranged that would add 
greatly to the convenience and beauty of the 
cemetery without any changes in the old part. 
The grounds are enclosed by a vigorous and 
well kept hedge of Norway firs which contrib- 
ute greatly to the retirement and beauty of the 
sacred enclosure. It is fitting that those "acres 
of God," the appointed home of dead and living j 
generations, should be adorned and beautified | 
I and made more and more attractive, a "Field 
I of Peace," as the Moravians loved to call 
their cemeteries. m ' 

The Sunday school was reorganized last 
Sabbath with Mr. A. II. Graves as superin- 
tendent, Rev. J. W. Lane of North Hadley 
preached in exchange with Mr. Woods, from 
the words, "for the children of this world are 
in their generation wiser than the children of 
light." Mr. Lane has many friends here who 
are alwavs glad to welcome him. 

It is rumored that Mr. M. N. Hubbard has 
purchased the homestead of Mr. C.L.Graves. 


Who sets the fashions, I'd like to know, 
For the little people beneath the snow ? 
And are they working a weary while, 
To dress themselves in the latest style ? 

There's Mrs. Primrose, who used to bo 
The very picture of modesty. 
Plain were her dresses, but now she goes 
With cramps and fringes and furbelows. 

And even Miss Buttercup puts on airs 
Because the color in vogue she wears; 
And as for Dandelion, dear me! 
A vainer creature you ne'er will see. 

'When Mrs. Poppy— that dreadful flirt— 
jWas younger, she wore but one plain skirt; 
But now I notice, with great surprise, 
She's several patterns of largest size. 

:The Fuchsia sisters— those lovely belles I— 
improve their styles as the mode compels ; 
And, though everybody is loud in their praise, 
Tiiey never depart from their modest ways. 

And the Pansy family must have found 
Q.ueen Elizabeth's wardrobe underground, 
',For in velvets and satins of every shade 
Throughout the season they're ail arrayed. 

Pinks and Daises and all the flowers 
Change their fashion, as we change ours; 
And those who knew in olden days 
Are mystiiied by their modern ways. 

Who sets the fashions, T'd like to know, 
For the little people beneath the snow? 
And are they busy a weary while 
Dressing themselves in tlie ; latest style ? . 

New York Independent. 


Like all new enterprises, the creamery 
project will encounter some opposition. A 
few are skeptical as to any good results of 
co-operation in this town. The creamery 
will not probably be placed in running order 
before cool weather sets in. Its direction is 
placed in efficient hands. Its friends claim 
that it is not an experiment, as it has already 
been demonstrated by the experience and 
uniform success of similar enterprises in other 
parts of the country, and that similar system- 
atic business management will produce the 
same results here. This expectation certainly 
has a reasonable basis, and the friends of the 
project are very sanguine of its ultimate suc- 

The "Real Folks" young ladies have pro- 
vided an elegant flower stand for use in the 
Congregational Church. It is loaded ever}'- 
week with floral treasures, beautifully and 
artistically arranged by the lady members of 
the R. F. This is a labor of love. May they 
have their reward. "A thing of beauty is a 
joy forever." 

The vulgar potato bug is more numerous 
and destructive than ever before. Not con- 
tent with making the usual provision for the 
billions of its voracious progeny that will 
soon make their appearance in the form of 
"slugs," they have gone to work on their 
own account, sucking out the life juices and 
eating off the plants, making what remains 
look sickly and forlorn. Verily, "eternal 
vigilance " will be the price of potatoes this 

After the long dry spell and the extreme 
heat, how pleasant the cool atmosphere and 
the soothing sound of the rain pattering on 
the house top all day Sunday. The farmers 
are improving this moist condition of the 
ground in setting their tobacco. 

The season is uncommonly forward. Many 
acres of corn and potatoes were hoed last 


In Burlington, Mass: 

Sacred to the memory of Anthony Drake, 

Who died for peace and quietness sake; 

ms wife was constantly scolding and scoffing; 

So he sought repose in a twelve-dollar coffin. 

Ellon (Ens:.) churchyard: 
Here lies my wife of earthly mould, 
Who when she lived did naught but scold, 
Peace! wake her not, for now she s still; 
She had— but now I have my will. 

East Tennessee: 

Here lies H- A-, born May 10th, 1830, 

died June 4th, 1851. 

She lived a life of virtue, and died of cholera 

morbus caused by eating green fruit, m he full 

hope of a blessed immortality, at the eaily age 

of 21 years, 1 month. 

"Reader, go thou and do likewise." 

In Hereford cemetery: 
Grieve not for me, my husband dear, 
I am not dead, but sleeping here; 
With patience wait, prepare to die, 
And in a short time you'll come to I. 

1 am not grieved, my dearest life, 
Sleep on, I have got another wife; 
Therefore 1 cannot come to thee, 
For I must go and live with she. 


Our Mill river, known to the early settlers 
by its more euphonious Indian name" of Uiip- 
awonk, is remarkable for furnishing a uniform 
and abundant supply of water all through 
the dry Seasons of this and past years. Then; 
is no artificial reservoir except whatsis created 
by the dam across the river between the grist- 
mill and the pistol factory, supplying an un- 
failing power to both mills. 

Juaging from present indications we shall 
soon have a railroad station at ''Cutter's 
Crossing" to accommodate it part of the large 
freight and passenger business furnished by 
the growing industries and traffic of this 
town. Its effect upou the business and pop- 
ularity of his road Pres. Yeamftns will fully 

The selectmen are slating the roof and 
making some needed repairs to the town hall. 
The voters' list contains 274 names with more 
to be added, which will swell the number to 
about 800. 

The county commissioners, last week 
Thursday, viewed the road crossings of the 
New Haven and Northampton Co.'s railroad 
hi this town, and after hearing a frank ex- 
pressiou of the town committee's opinions, 
decided to put oft* their acceptance of the 
| roads on account of the uncertainties of the 
drainage at several points. As the open drain 
at Doppmaim's crossing rims seventy rods or \ 
more nearly level the committee claimed that 
it would be liable to till up again, as it did 
iast winter, when the frost and snow caused 
the water to set back into the road, and made 
it impassable much of the time during winter 
and spring. 

In consequence of the heavy frosts of Oct. 

! 5 and G, it was feared that our " forest land- 

| scapes would be robbed of their usual au- 

\ tumnal beauty," but Dame Nature has not 

forgotten to put on her brilliant drapery so 

delightful in a New England landscape; the 

j purple, scarlet, crimson, orange and green, 

with all their inimitable shades of color are 

visible on every hand, where trees, shrubs 

and vines abound, gladdening our senses with 

the usmd glorified October scenery. 

The following are considered good yields of 

potatoes: Yv r . H. Dickinson & Son had 350 

1 bushels of Houltou Rose on one acre; II. S. 

; Porter & Son's two lbs. of White Elephant 

produced 12-1 lbs; C. K. Morton obtained 41) 

bushels of Burbank Seedlings from one bush- 

! el seed, and 19 bushels of Mammoth Pearls 

i from one peck of seed; J. A. Billings & Sou 

! claim 98 bushels as the product of one-fifth 

| of an acre of Burbank Seedlings, and Eugene 

: .Morton from less than forty rods of ground 

obtained 84 bushels of merchantable Orange 

Pounty Whites. 

The series of Wednesday evening lectures, 
given by Rev. R. M. Woods, on the ten 
commandments, are made exceedingly inter- 
esting by his colloquial methods, offering 
abundant opportunity for questions and sug- 
gestions from the audience. The subject for 
to-morrow evening is the tenth command- 

LinesjAffectionately Dedicated to Mrs. S. G.j 
Hubbard, Suggested by the death of her| 

Weeping sister, havetliy footsteps 
Lately In the furnace trod ? 
[lias the Father spoken to thee 
I" Pass thou underneath the rod?" 
Yes, a Father, one who loves thee, 
Though he's cut thy loved one down ; 
Yes, he loves with love that even 
"Many waters can not drown." 
He has known each pang of sorrow 
That hath wrung thy bleeding heart, 
He has seen each bitter tear-drop 
From its hidden fountain start ; 
His own heart is moved with pity 
For each grief his child doth feel, 
And his consolation proffers, 
Though he's torn, he longs to heal. 
Round these sister hearts how strongly 
Did affection's chords entwine, 
And how darkly fall the shadows 
Since her light has ceased to shine ; 
Thou of all that joyous circle, 
Now alone art weeeping left, 
Yes, alone, for God hath surely 
His afflicUd child bereft. 
Nevermore in hours of darkness 
Shall her voice thy spirit cheer, 
Nevermore her tones of gladness 
Fall upon the listening ear, 
And though spring and birds and flowers, 
In their season will return, 
Nevermore will come the loved one 
For whom thou so long will mourn. 
She no more will come to solace 
Those aflicted and distressed ; 
Years will roll their silent marches, 
Undisturbed shall be her rest. 
Green will grow the grass of summer 
O'er thy loved lamented dead, 
And the birds their mournful requiems 
Chant above her narrow bed. 
Sister, bring the choicest flowers 
That the God of nature gave, 
And with tears each garland moistened, 
Strew them o'er her grassy grave ; 
And in all thy varied duties, 
May thou be sustained and blessed, 
Till like her thou shall be summoned 
To thy everlasting rest. 
JEat field. 

It is hoped that efforts will soon be made 
to set in motion the usual weekly meetings of 
the Grange and Armory Hall Lyceum which 
nourished so famously last year in furnishing 
a variety of social and Intellectual entertain- 
ments for the long winter evenings. 

Death of Henry Roherts. 

Seldom is the announcement of a death re- 
ceived with a feeling of more universal regret 
than was that of the decease of Henry Rob- 
erts, cashier of the First National Bank of 
this town, which occurred at his North street 
residence at half past five yesterday afternoon. 
Mr. Roberts came to this town from Amherst, j 
"his native place, in 1857, to act as teller of 
the old Holyoke Bank. When the latter was ' 
merged into the First National in 1864, Mr. I 
Roberts became its cashier, and has retained] 
the position ever since. Of a remarkably | 
even temperament, always pleasant and oblig- 1 
ing, of a retiring disposition, a true gentle- j 
man in the best sense of the word, and of un- 1 
questioned ability as a bank officer, Mr. Rob- 1 
erts held a high place in the esteem and con- 1 
fidence of the community, and will be sadly i 

He attended to his business until the middle 
of week before last. On Friday, he went to 
Providence to consult an oculist concerning 
trouble he had with his eyes. Coming home, 
he was obliged to give up, and after a little 
more than a week, died. Tiie pl^sicians do 
not agree as to the cause of his death, some 
attributing it to kidney disease and others to 
congestion of the brain. It was undoubtedly 
brought on by very close application to busi- 
ness upon a constitution never very robust. 
Mr. Roberts was a member of the First 
Church. Pie leaves a wife, two daughters, 
and a younger son, who will receive the heart- 
felt sympathy of all in their bereavement. 
The funeral will take place at his late res- 
idence to-morrow afternoon at 4 o'clock. 


Many of our people picnicked at the Agri- 
cultural College Grove, Amherst, last Friday. 
The ride over through North Hadley to the 
college was very pleasant and enjoyable. 
The landscape was clothed in the full glories 
of a bright August day. The fields were 
dotted with a heavy growth of corn and to- 
bacco: apple trees were loaded down with 
fruit, and the waysides were lined with a 
rich profusion of the golden rod and other 
wild flowers of the season, and the grounds 
of many a rural home were decked with a 
bright array of more brilliant cultivated 
flowers. We noticed forty Hatfield people 
seated at an impromptu dinner table gotten 
up under the superintendence of William 
Porter, a former graduate of the college. 
The umve on the hill, easterly of the plant 
house, was ju?t the place for a picnic; the 
speaking was admirable and appropriate for 
such a farmers gathering, and the (South- 
ampton Cornet Band furnished most excel- 
lent music. It was estimated that there were 
800 people present. One of the speakers 
brought out the fact that there was a larger 
percentage of the graduates of the Agricul- 
tural College now engaged in farming, than 
there were graduates of our Normal schools 
engaged in teaching ; and yet, it is generally 
admitted that the Normal schools, so long 
under the fostering care of the State, are 
doing a good work in fitting teachers for 
their calling. The college was established 
by the State to develop the agricultural in- 
terest; a Normal school in the interest of the 
farmer's calling, which at least is equal in 
importance to society with our public schools. 
Then, why should * this , latest child of the 
State be abandoned in ifs infanc}*-, while the 
other is still fostered and maintained? We 
think, in all fairness, that the college is 
worthy of encouragement and support from 
the State. If the farmers were united in de- 
manding such support, then our legislators, 
in the near future, would be quite ready to 
»rant the comparatively small sum -needed to 
make this institution a success, an honor to 
the State, and a blessing to the people of the 

Some of our farmers have commenced I he 
tobacco harvest. The crop bids fair to be an 
excellent one. 

The summer vacation has thinned the 
ranks of our church choir. Prof. Montague 
of Amherst college, preached with general 
acceptance last Sabbath. 

The weather is fine, with abundant show- 
ers—hot days and cool nights. Even the 
most chronic grumbler ought to be satisfied 
and be happy. 


There is some building in progress in town. 
Elisha Hubbard i« erecting a tenement house 
near the new factory ; others are making re- 
pairs, and a large quantity of shingles have 
been laid on many of the numerous buildings 
that were erected some fifteen and twenty 
years ago in all parts of the town for tobacco 

The rain of last Friday came in seasonable 
time to the rescue of late tobaceo, giving it a 
new impetus of growth. 

The family of Mr. Samuel Curtis, and Mrs. 
Harrington of Manchester, N. H., have b< en 
staying a few weeks at the old home of Mr. 
Curtis, who is now in town, and will be cor- 
dially welcomed by his old friends. 

lie v. Mr. Mallery, who formerly supplied 
our pulpit, preached two very excellent ser- 
mons last Sabbath. 

Playing cards in the olden time were very 
often turned to practical purposes. They 
were made with plain white backs, which 
made them convenient for use in printing the 
invitations to thanksgiving and election balls. 
Selectman C. K. Morton has several such in 
his possession that were used during Presi- 
dent Madison's administration, and upon 
which were printed the dates, place, and 
names of the managers, and among the latter 
appear such familiar names as Austin Smith, 
Joseph Smith, Chester Hastings, John Hast 
ings, John Fitch, S. M. Maltby and others 
known as leading citizens of the town in 
their day. The place, in every instance, was 
Dr. White's tavern, now the residence of 
Deacon D. W. Wells. 


Mr. Graff, business manager of the Tobac- 
co Leaf, made a visit during the last week in 
August to the tobacco-growing sections of 
New England. He says of the crop in this 
town: — "In Hatfield we saw little else than 
promising crops. .They are exceptionally 
good ; no better coming under our observa- 
tion anywhere. The acreage there is about 
one-sixth less than last year. E. Hubbard 
has 20 acres, J. D. Billings 20 acres, and J. 
S. Graves 30. Probably 1500 cases will be 
grown in the town, whereof one-fourth will 
be Havana seed. Mr. Hubbard has the finest 
Havana seed leaf crop we ever saw. He 
also has 27 cases of the same variety raised 
last year. One or two others have some for 

The Fall term of the Smith Academy has 
opened very auspiciously with sixty students. 
Miss Mary E. Houghton has resigned the 
position of preceptress, which she has so ac- 
ceptably filled during the past three years, 
and Miss Anna H. Billings has been installed 
in herjplace. Miss Billings is known to be 
an accomplished scholar, and it is expected 
she will do credit as a teacher to this institu- 
tion of which she is a graduate. 

Two months have^ passed aud still the 
daily bulletins issued from Long Branch are 
• scanned with the same eagerness as were 
those from the National Capital the first 
week after the President was stricken down 
by the assassin's bullet. This fact shows his 
growing strength in the affections of the peo- 
ple. It is noticeable that people, even in the 
humble walks of life, manifest a deep inter- 
est in President Garfield's welfare. Perhaps 
it may arise partly from the fact, that, like 
Lincoln, he came from their class, and his 
early life was a struggle with adverse circum- 
stances. .^— — — —I 


Last Saturday this town, like others reached 
by the £reat network of telegraphs, was star- 
tled bv the news of the attempted assassina- 
tion of Pres. Garfield. Rev. It. M. Woods 
made some just and Ceding comments t upon 
it in his sermon Sabbath morning, 

It was 

0. S. Shathsck, firearms manufacturer, has 
purchased of J. E. Porter all the mill prop- 
erty real estate on the north side at the Hat- 
field mills, which include;: the old mill site. 
( ight acres ot land and one-half the water 
power. The sale was completed last week, 
and Mr. Shattuck has already planned to 
commence building a factory at once. It is 
certainly a compliment to the people and the 
town that I>I r. Shattuck, after having so ma- 
ny flattening offers to induce him to locate his 
business elsewhere, should decide after care- 
fully looking over the field, to rebuild in 
] outfield. This being the only manufacturing 
enterprise of any magnitude in the town. 
thoughtful people, whether real estate owners 
or not, arc not slow in perceiving it to be in 
the nature of a public benefit, and it is ex- 
pected that they will show their appreciation 
and well-known public spirit by helping on 
this enterprise with good words and good 
works in aid thereof. This old mill site has 
an interesting history. Its importance as a 
water power was early discovered by the first 
settlers of Haclley, and Xnonfbs Meekins, the 
only mill-wright among them, built the first 
grist-mill there. The town of Hadley voted 
to, give Meekins the mill site and twenty acres 
of laud adjoining, and further voted that they 
would have all their grain ground at his mill, 
"provided he would make good meal," so 
»kkt Hatfield had the first mill and furnished 
the meal, when Hadley had the first meeting- 
house and furnished the preaching. Hadley 
was incorporated as a town in the year 1GG0, 
the " West side," now Hatfield, being a part 
of Hadley. The mill and the rneetmg-hou<3c 
were built the next year. Whether the meal 
was better than the preaching, the chronicles 
ond the reach of unaided «|— ►do not say ; at all events the Hatfield people 

appeared to be the only party dissatisfied with 
the arrangement and the "West side" inhab- 
itants early petitioned the General Court for 
incorporation as a town, winch was hotly 
contested by Hadley East side. This contest 
commenced in 1GG5, and continued by peti- 
tions and hearings before the General Court 
in Boston, was finally ended in 1G69 by arti- 
cles of agreement for a separation, signed by 
the committees representing the "East Side" 
and the "West Side" — parties so long in con- 
troversy. In May, 1G70, Hatfield was incor- 
porated as a town and built a meeting-house. 
The same year Wm. Goodwin built a corn- 
mill at North Hadley, so that after this each 
town was independent of the other in meal 
and preaching until 1675, in King Philip's 
war, when the Indians burnt the mill at 
North Hadley and killed Thomas Meekins, 
the Hatfield miller, and the people of the two 
towns were compelled to feel their mutual 
dependence as never before. Thomas Meek- 
ins built his first grist-mill on the north side 
of the river, and his saw-mill adjacent there- 
to eight years after. The two mills, after- 
wards rebuilt, w T ere continued on the same 
spot for nearly two hundred years, until the 
"Hatfield mills" propert}^ came into the pos- 
session of Harvey Moore, now of West 
Whately ; he removed the old buildings, built 
the present grist-mull on the south side, and 
the saw-mill on the old-site on the north side. 
This latter was afterwards changed into a 
factory where vegetable ivory buttons were 
made. Subsequently, when it became the 
property of the Messrs. Porter, it was en- 
larged, extended and fitted up for the manu- 
facture of firearms, which business has been 
carried on there by different parties up to the 
' 'ime of the fire. 

also made the subject of the evening prayer 
meeting. The idea dwelt upon was that God 
overrules all things; that there are notable 
examples in modern times that he hears and 
answers the prayers of his people. \Y ashwg- 
lon and Lincoln, the martyr President, and 
Garfield, the last victim of the would be as- 
sassin, are notable examples of true Christian 
patriots aud statesmen, who had the best good 
of their country at heart. It is now more 
apparent than ever before that reform is need- 
ed in the civil service of the country, so that 
our Senators and Representatives in Congress 
should attend aud learn the duties of states- 
men, not mere machine bosses aud ornce 
brokers as now. . 

The closing exercises of Smith Academy, 
last Tuesday evening, were of so great inter- 
est to the friends of the graduating class, that 
the large hall was packed with people, who 
apparently were well pleased with the exer- 
ercises. Mr. T. H. Meekins of Northampton 
furnished the music. 

Principal Harding has received the -$100 
microscope which he was authorized to 
purchase by the trustees. The instrument 
has a magnifying power of 550 diameters, 
which can easily be increased by an addition- 
al iilass to over 1,000 diameters. Its high 
magnifying power reveals a world of wonders 
in microscopic organisms in nature around us. 
so near and yet beyond the 
vision. It is intended for practical use in the 
illustration of botany and natural history as 
taught in the academy. . 

Lyman Klapp, Esq., and family, ,of Provi- 
dence, U. I., are on a visit to their relatives 

in Hatfield. 


Messrs C. S. Shattuck, II. S Hubbard and 
W C Dickinson spent a few days last week 
on' the eastern coast fishing for cod. We 
think they must have had good sport as D 
speaks of one weighing 36 pounds, wiich hej 
brought home. Such old-experienced sports-i 
men never return empty handed. 

Rev. Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Greenwood, our 
former pastor and his wife, have been visiting 
a few days at the parsonage. They have re4" 
oeived warm greetings from their numerous 
old friends in town. They have been trav- 
eling on the Eastern Continent during the 

Pa polU.ies continues in " statu quo," and one 
can hardly realize that it is Presidential year 
but the signs are ominous of stirring times 
before the second of November. The Dem- 
ocratic leaders appear quite amiable since the 
Maine election. Some ot them are interested 
in having Dr. S. T. Seelye nominated for 
■Congressman, claiming thereby another sur- 
prise party in prospect, 

We think they will 
finditl hopellss task to endeavor to- over- 
come the large Republican ma 3 onty in the, 
district, but we remember six years ago and, 
think "history sometimes repeats itself. 
Moral- Don't give the bad Democrats their| 
"coveted opportunity for mischief 


At the annual town meeting a new plan 
was adopted for the repair of highways. In- 
stead of choosing six highway surveyors, as 
heretofore, the town contracted with N. T. 
Abells, to make the ordinary repairs to high- 
ways and bridges, to be done to the accept- 
ance of the selectmen, at a sum of money 
much less than is usually expended for that 
purpose. The plan is working well thus far, 
and Mr. Abells shows a commendable dili- 
gence in performing his part of the contract. 
The roads at the points of the four new rail- 
road crossings being outside of town control 
are yet in bad condition ; however, we have 
confidence in the good intentions of the rail- 
road authorities to put them in good condition 
as speedily as possible. We are assured that 
the County Commissioners, who have supreme 
power in this matter, will, so far as it is prac- 
ticable, guard the rights of the public travel 
and the interests of the town, which will no 
doubt require the raising of the bridges at 
the Doppmann crossing and at the crossing 
below the premises of H. JR. Graves, from 
three to four feet, as it is apparently impossi- 
ble otherwise to make them passable at all 
seasons of the year. 

Fred Witt, a worthy 3'ouog man in the em- 
ploy of A. M. Peck, met with a serious acci- 
dent last Saturday. While loading his wagon 
with lumber, he had his leg broken in two 
places and was otherwise injured. 

There are more buildings projected in town 
this season than has bcm known for the past 
six years, which we hope is an indication of 
returning prosperity. Mr. Shattuck's new 
factory will double the facilities for business 
at that point, and in addition to his business, 
it is expected that a new manufacturing en- 
terprise will be introduced here. 

We are assured that the town has not begun 
a suit against the New Haven and Northamp- 
ton railroad, last Tuesday's item in the 
Springfield Republican to the contrary not- 


We are glad to notice that 

our school 
our school 

authorities are impressing 


SuUvaTe"good manners, for with them one can 


ood manners. 

No doubt it will pa] 


easily win the love and respect of others ; 
and the boy who goes out into the world to 
ule his'fortune'will find his good manners 
to be a passport to success, which will admit 
him to he charmed circles of culture, refine. 
ment and wealth to which ^ Moorish schoo- 
mate will be denied admittance. It costs 
nothing to show respect to age and say -a kind 
word to another, it pays to see that counte- 
nance light up with pleasure and happiness 
in consequent thereof. On the other hand 
it ho easy to sav an unkind word which 
canes pain and sorrow and often kindles the 
fires of the malignant passions sometimes 
doino - infinite mischief. . 

1 The teachers and students of Smith academy 
1 were oiven a reception at the parsonage last 

t ffi££**S ***» ? vhi f cl08 1 

on Friday, the 4th inst., gave the tanners » 
remarkably good opportunity to take 
and strip their tobacco, which has 
improved by them to the fullest extent and 
now more that one-half the farmers have 
finished this work. There is some pole^ sweat 
h u otherwise the crop is a very good on* 
Some crops that were harvested late are not 
yTsumciently cured and will improve by 
remaining on'the poles a few weeks longer. 


| The following beautiful poem has more than once 
1 appeared in the Gazette, but we publish it again 
by request. 


There is no death ! The stars go down 

To rise upon some fairer shore; 
And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown 

They shine forevermore. 

There is no death ! The dust we tread 
Shall change beneath the summer showers 

To golden grain or mellow fruit, 
Or rainbow tinted flowers. 

The granite rocks disorganize 
To feed the hungry moss they bear; 

The forest leaves may drink daily life 
From out the viewless air. 

There is no death! The leaves may fall, 
The flowers may fade and pass away— 

They only wait, through wintry hours, 
The coming of the May. 

There is no death ! An angel form 
Walks o'er the earth with silent tread, 

He bears our best loved things away, 
And then we call them ' : dead." 

lie leaves our hearts all desolate— 
He plucks our fairest, sweetest flowers ; 

Transplanted into bliss they now 
Adorn immortal bowers. 

The bird-like voice whose joyous tone 
Made glad this scene of sin and strife, 

Sings now in everlasting song 
Amid the tree of life. 

And where He sees a smile too bright, 
Or hearts too pure for taint and vice, 
He bears it to that world of light 

To dwell in Paradise, 

Born into that undying life, 
They ieave us but to come again ; 

With joy we welcome them— the same, 
Except in sin and pain. 

And ever nea 

For a: 


us thorn 

h unseen, 


With weary heart and trembling hand 

I guide the team afield ; 
Good horses— ah, they seem to see 

The grist I try to shield. 
The skies are low'ring overhead, 

Misfortune blows a gale ; 
Put up a board and write thereon 

These words ; "This farm for sale." 

What ! sell the homestead bi'oard and fair- 

The dearest 3pot on earth? 
Shall strangers sit where I have sat, 

Around the family hearth ? 
The farm where mother took the vows 

That made her father's bride? 
The place where laughing Nell was born- 

The spot where Willie died? 

What ! must I part with memories 

So very dear to me? 
The mossy spring, the purling brook, 

The leaving apple tree? 
The shadows of departed ones 

Rise up and touch my arm; 
I hear their pleading voices now: 

"Do not desert the farm !" 

Enshrined within my heart of hearts 

The house where I was born, 
One summer night, when heaven's rain 

Beat down the growing corn ; 
The room where I have often passed 

Beneath the chast'ning rod— 
Where father laid me early on 

The altar of his God ! 

While I have strength to swing the axe, 

While 1 can guide the plow, 
While 1 can toil and bring the sweat 

Of labor to my brow, 
I'll keep misfortune's wolf at bay ! 

Love triumphs over gold! 
Take down the board and break it up— 

The farm shall not be sold ! 


On Friday morning last the convention 
assembled in the Congregational Church, the 
house being well filled. In the morning there 
was a discussion of " Language Teaching in 
Primary Schools," and Principal W. B. 
Harding, of the Hatfield Academy, spoke 
about the needs of a teacher in order to attain 
success, lie advocated common sense and 
not too much of "method," and also named 
culture as an important aid. Among the 
pleasantest features of the convention were 
the exercises in singing by Northampton and 
Florence scholars, conducted by Prof. Henry 
Jones, which reflected credit upon both, in- 
structor and pupils. In the afternoon Prin- 
cipal W. II. Smiley, of New Salem, read an 
essay on the teaching of writing and drawing, 
in which he advocated sketching from nature 
and criticised industrial art drawing as it now 
exists in schools. Prof. Geo. A. Walton 
spoke of the "Lessons to be derived from the 
Examinations in Norfolk County." There- 
suit of the examination of the 5 . 000 pupils of 
the county showed an average of only 57 per 
cent of perfection, and how to raise this low 
average is an important problem. In the 
evening Prof. M. Stuart Phelps, of Smith! 
College, Northampton, gave an interesting i 
lecture on a "Teacher of the Old School," 
in which he considered the life and character- 
istics of Rev. Dr. Samuel Taylor, well known | 
to the alumni of Phillips Academy at Ando- 
ver. On Saturday Secretary J. W. Diekin- 1 
sou, of the State Board of Education, deliver- j 
ed a valuable address on the principles of| 
teaching, and Mr. Jackson of Powers Insti-i 
tute at Bcrnardston, Prof. Hall of Hinsdale, 
N. II. , Prof. Ilitt of the Arms Academy at 
Shclburnc Falls, and Prof. J. Y. Bergen of 
the Dickinson Academy of Deerfield, partic-1 
ipated in the exercises. About 200 teachers' 
were present, the people of Hatfield were . 
very generous in their hospitality, and the j 
convention proved altogether very successful. 
Prof. W. I j. Harding, of Hatfield, was elected 
president, and Prof."~J. M. Ilitt, of Shclburne 

Palls, vice-president. 

_ . ;: ::— _ :-:=ziz^=^ — 


The spring term of Smith Academy will 
j open on Wednesday, April 6. Mr. Harding 
has ordered an expensive microscope of very 
high magnifying power to be immediately 
imported from England, which he expects to 
make useful in teaching the natural sciences. 
j The things which occupy the greatest minds 
in our day are the little sparks of electricity, 
• the little wayside shells, the blossoms and the 
living creatures invisible to the naked eye 
» that live iu a single drop of water. Down in 
the little lowly things men find the great se- 
crets of the world. So far as their resources 
: will permit, the trustees intend to spare no 
I pains in making this institution take a high 
j rank among the better class of preparatory 
. schools. Mr. Harding and his able assistants 
j have in many respects shown themselves to 
be model teachers. They have had but 
little trouble in discipline, and have never 
' failed in inspiring the students with an hon- 
i orablc ambition to excel in their studies, and j 
; the true " esprit ds corps " is not lacking, as 
j evidenced in the conduct and customs of the 
students, who have in their way shown honor 
i and respect for the memory of the founder 
of the Academy. . . 

t of the creamery, a 
spirit of inquiry and investigation has been | 
developed, so that careful experiments are be- 
ing made to determine the much mooted 
"points" of good butter and the best butter 
cows. A prominent patron of the creamery 
has procured a milk-tester. He has already 
obtained some surprising results. Such prac- 
tical experiments, accompanied with careful 
observation, cannot fail to throw some new 
light on these questions. 

* It is a singular fact that with all their ex- 
perience, farmers often suffer loss in the sale 
of farm productions by inattention to mar- 
ket quotations. For instance, during the 
oast two weeks, rye has been selling here at 
85 cts per bushel, while during the same time 
it has been selling at $1 in Illinois and $1.10 
in Boston. The farmer's success often de- | 
pends upon his ability as a salesman. 

It is curious sometimes to note the changes 
in the value of property for a period of | 
years While bank stocks through the valley 
maintain the values of years ago, real estate 
has here depreciated in value from 50 to 80 
per cent What it will be in the next decade, j 
no one can tell with certainty, but the tables | 
are quite as likely to be turned in favor of 
real estate. I 

Quite a number of Hatfield men, formerly j 
employed in Shattuck's pistol and gun works, j 
have since the fire located in Florence, some j 
finishing work for Mr. Shattuck in Coucn's | 
shop, and others are employed in the sewing 
machine works. 

Hev. R. M. Woods' sermon Sabbath morn- 
in<* was given from the text "Prove all 
things; hold fast that which is good." The 
subject was the new translation of the Bible. 
After stating the prominent objection to any 
new translation, as reasons in favor, he said 
that many words in the King James version 
now in use have either become obsolete or so 
changed in their meaning as to suggest ideas 
entirely different from what they did to read- 
ers 250 years ago ; that the present translators 
have procured earlier copies of scriptures in 
the original Greek, which are freer from in- 
terpolations which crept into copies made 
later, and used in the King James translation, 
and became in one or two instances a part of 
the text. The inference was that our rever- 
ence for the Bible, when received in the new 
translation, oug juUo be increased. 

It is estimated that over one thousand acres 
of woodland were burnt over by the late for- 
est fire. The smoke was so aense that the 
sun was obscured most of the time and the 
light at night was reported to have been seen 
for more than twenty miles around. The cot- 
tages at the camp-ground were in great dan- 
ger, requiring the efforts of over 300 men to 
check the flames from making their destruc- 1 
tive march over the groundi. 

The Butler rally at Memorial hall, Friday 
evening, the 17th, was a brilliant success. 
Dyer D. Lum of Washington, D. C, former- 
ly of Northampton, delivered an address, 
which was listened to with great enthusiasm 
by the audience for more than an hour. Af- 
ter the lecture, a club was formed with i F. J. 
Waite, president ; Ed. Powers, Chas. hotter, 
and John Fitsgibbons, vice presidents ; Wm. 
Richtmeyer, L. J. Powers, B. P. Dole, B. F. 
Proulx, Ed. Eldridge, executive committee 
Another rally will be held in the town hall 
this week. ^^— I 

" _ A social hop will be held. in the}Town"Hall 
this evening ; proceeds for benefit of the 
brass band. All lovers of „good music should 
not fail to altend this concert and dance. 

During the damp weather of last week, 
many of our farmers were engaged in taking 
down tobacco. The crop is pronounced first- 
class, and old-time prices are expected. 

Several hunting parties have left this town 
during the last few weeks, to tramp through 
the forests of some far-off hill towns, carry- 
ing provisions with them. The first party 
returned after a week's loading and fireing, 
with one single chipmuck. The other par- 
ties' game could be more easily counted. 

Peter Carter barely escaped with his life, 
Wednesday, while unloading barrels in Wm, 
H. Dickinson's yard. His feet became en- 
tangled and he fell between the two horses, 
bringing the springseat with him, frighten- 
ing the horses, which started on a run, but 
were stopped by Mr. Dickinson, who reigned 
them into the hedge close by the barn. Car- 
ter was then taken out from between the 
horses covered with blood, having* received 
{frightful gashes about the head and face. He 
kvas layed upon a blanket insensible. Dr. C. 
pi. Barton was immediately called upon to 

fress the wounds. Mr. Carter is now doing 
r ell, wi th fai r pros pects for his recovery. 

How Sojourner Truth Got Her Name.— 
I didn't get that name till I had been freed in 
1817, along with all other New York slaves, and 
had been in New York city for some yeara. I 
wanted to be good when I got there, and also to 
get some money. I had found out that I was a 
poor sinner, and it was a greater proof to me 
than ever to find out how people may be 
miserable with all their religion. I thought I 
would worJfc and put some money in a sav- 
ings bank. Well, I lived with the best people in 
the city; and though I was only careful of my 
earnings, it came to me that I had robbed the 
poor. My industry had doubtless kept some 
poor wretches from paying work. I felt it, and 
I said, 'Lord, I will give all back that ever I 
have taken away.' I wanted to give every- 
thing away, and I cried, 'Lord, what wilt 
Thou have me to do?' And it came to me, 'Go 
out of the city.' And I said, 'I will go just; just 
go. And that night— it was night— I said, 
•Lord, whither shall I go?' And the voice came 
to me just as plain as my own now, 'Go East.' 
And I just put a change of clothes into a pillow- 
case and started. All the money I had with 
me was 25 cents, given to me by a 
good man at prayer-meeting. My outstand- 
ing moneys, which I had meant to put in the 
savings bank, I never thought of any more. 
And just as I was taking leave of Mrs Whiting, 
where I had such a pleasant home, it came to 
me that I must have a new home. And I said: 
"The Lord is going to give me a new home, 
Mrs Whiting, and I am going away." "Where 
are yon going?" "Going east." Said she, "What 
does that mean?" "The Lord has directed me 
to go east, and leave this city at once." Said 
she: "Bell, you are crazy." "No, I ain't." 
And she said to her husband: "Why Bell's 
crazy." Said he: "I guess not." "But I tell you 
she is; she says she's going to have a new name 
too; don't that look crazy?" "Oh, no," he 
said ; and urged me to have breakfast. But I 
would not stay, and I went down to the boat 
and over to Brooklyn, just a landing place then. 
I paid my far9 out of the 25 cents and started 
on afoot with my pillow case. As I started, it 
came to me that the name was Sojourner. 
There,' said I to myself, the name has come 
and I walked on about four miles, and I felt a 
little hungry, and a Quaker lady gave me a 
drink of water, asking me my name. I said my 
name is Sojourner. I can see her now. ' What is 
thy name?' said she. Said I, 'Sojourner.' Where 
does thee get such a name as that?' Said I, 
The Lord has given it to me.' 'Thee 

gayest It to thyself, didn't thee?' said she, 
'and not the Lord: has that been thy name 
long?' Said I, 'No.' 'What was thy name? 
'Bell.' 'Bell what?' 'Whatever my mas- 
ter's name was.' 'Well, you say your name is 
Sojourner?' 'Yes, sir.' 'Sojourner what? 
•Well, 1 confessed I hadn't thought of that; 
and thereupon she picked that name to 
pieces and made it look so different that I 
said, 'It don't seem to be such a name after 
all. But I said I must go, and replied pettishly 
that I couldn't tell where my friends were 
until I got there. And so I plodded on over 
the sandy road, and was very hot and 
miserable. And in my wretchedness I 
said: 'Oh God, give me a name with 
handle to it; oh that I had a name with 
a handle to it!' And it came to me in that mo- 
|ment, dear chile, like a voice, just as true as 
God is true, 'Sojourner Truth,' and I leaped for 
joy. 'Why,' said I, 'thank you, God; that is a 
good name; Thou art my last master, and Thy 
name is Truth, and Truth shall be my abiding 
name till I die. 

Father Barry of Northampton held religious 
services on Christmas morning at Academy 
Hall. The room was well filled; it was 
noticeable that a large majority of the audi- 
ence were young people and children. After 
the service an infant was baptized and a mar- 
riage ceremony was performed. The sum of 
$18G.75 was collected, then Father Barry 
announced that there would be a religious 
service held here on Easter Sunday. The 
Catholic population is making a healthy 
growth in this town, among their number are 
some of our best. citizens. Their increasing 
numbers and convenience will evidently soon 
require a house of worship. 

Christmas fs being more and more observed 
by Christians of all denominations. What 
can be more appropriate than for the Christ- 
ian world to unite in observing Christmas as 
a holy day to mark the anniversary of "God's 
best gift to man?" 

Rev. Edward Tead, a pastor from near 
Portland, Me., is stopping a few days with 
Dea. J. S. Graves, father of Mrs. Tead. 

Mrs. Artemas Owen, formerty of Belcher- 
town, met with a serious accident at the house 
of her daughter, Mrs. G. L. Marsh, on Satur- 
day last. She had a fall on the ice, breaking 
and dislocating her hip. . 

The "Mock Court" at Armory Hall last 
Tuesday was carried out successfully and 
afforded much amusement to the crowded 
audience. The. stars of the occasion were 
prominent members of the lyceum. The 
question for discussion next Tuesday is, 
" Which has received the greatest wrong at 
the hands of the white race, the Negro or 
the Indian." 

J. E. Porter has. purchased the pistol fac- 
tory—real estate aud machinery — of Mrs. Al- 
ford of Brooklyn, N. Y., price understood 
to be $7000. This will not interfere with 
the lire-arms business carried on by Mr. C. S. ! 
Shattuck, who will continue as before. 

The forest fires that have been so numerous 
during the past ten }-ears in the westerly part 
of the town, and on the plain comprising the 
"First Division of Commons," have done 
immense damage to the growing wood and I 
timber; hundreds of acres have been repeat- 
edly burned over and quite large tracts of 
young trees of from 20 to 30 years growth 
have been entirely ruined, at a loss of from 
$20 to $40 per acre in some instances, 
making quite a loss in town valuation and 
a serious one to holders of real estate. 





My story marm? Well, really, now, I have not! 

much fo sa^; 
But if you'd called a year ago and then again to day, 
No Reed of words to tell you, mann, for your own 

eyes could see J I 

How much the Temperance Cause has done for my 

dear John and 149. 

A yeiir ago we hadn't dour to make a Uitch of bread 
And many a night these little ones went supperless 

to bed ; 
! Now loot Into the larder, mann,— there's su^ar 

flour and tea; "o<", 

And that Is what the Temperance Cause has done 

for John and me. 

The pail that holds the butter, John used to fill with 

But he hasn't spent a cent for drink for two months 

and a year; 
He pays his debts, is strong and well as any man can 

And that is what the Temperance Cause has done 

for John and me. 

Xq used to sneak along the streets, feeling so mean 

and low, 
And he didn't like to meet the folks he used to know 
But now he looks them In the face, and steps off 

bold and free; 
And this is what the Temperance Cause has done 

for John and me. 

A year ago these little boys went strolling through 

the streets, 
With scarcely clothing on their backs, and nothing 

on their feet; 
But now they've shoes and stockings and garments 

.is you see ; 
And that is what the Temperance Cause has done 

for John and me. 

Tin children were afraid of him— his coming stop- 
ped their play ; 

But now when supper time is o'er, and the table 
cleared away, 

The boys all frolic around his chair, the baby climbs 
his knee; 
j And this is what the Temperance Cause has done 
for John and me. 

Ah, those sad days are o'er of sorrow and of pain; 
The children have their father back, and I my John 

again ! 
[ pray excuse my weeping, marm— they're tear3 of 

joy, to see 
flow much the Temperance Cause has done for 

my dear John and me. 

Saeh morning when he goes to work, I upward look 
and say : 

'Oh, Heavenly Father, help dear John to keep his 
pledge to-day ?" 

Vad every night before I sleep, thank God on bend- 
ed knee, 

"or what the Temperance Cause has done for myj 

(lour John nnr? mo J 

dear John and me 



If we knew the woe and heartache 

Waiting for us down the road, 
If our lips could taste the wormwood, 

If our backs could feel the load, 
Would we waste the day in wishing 

For a time that ne'er can be ? 
Would we wait with such impatience 

For our ships to come from sea ? 

If we knew the baby fingers, 

Pressed against the window-pane, 
Would be cold and stiff to-morrow— 

Never trouble us again— 
Would the bright eyes of our darling 

Catch the frown upon our brow ? 
Would the print of rosy fingers 

Vex us then as they do now ? 

Ah, these little ice-cold fingers, 

How they point our memories back 
To the hasty words and actions 

Strewn along our backward track! 
How these little hands remind us, 

As in snowy grace they lie, 
Not to scatter thorns, but roses, 

For our reading by and by! 

Strange we never prize the music 

Till the sweet-voiced bird has flown; 
Strange that we should slight the violets 

Till the lovely flowers are gone; 
Strange that summer skies and sunshine 

Never seem one-half so fair 
As when winter's snowy pinions 

Shake their white down in the air. 



II /I 

L VonXJl X ^ the 8eal of silence J 
N.m£?- 1 1 God caQ roJ1 avvay, 

AnrfJSfl? 8 the moutn to-day- 

I'n-ough the portals of C tne?omb 

L iSdfnf 1 V, ier up tl,e sunbeams 
J;Ji"g all around our path • 

cJS£ epthe " h ** ;and roses 

What adds more to the beauty of the court 
! try than the great variety of trees that nature 
j provides to adorn Die landscapes? Strip ofT| 
1 the trees and you would have a barren and 
unsightly waste. They add more to the 
beauty of our streets than fine buildings ; then 
who can overestimate their value? There 
are still vacant places on our streets where 
trees can be planted with great advantage. 
Some sections of our main street are lined 
with maples, and these have their admirers ; 
in our opinion the common white ash makes 
a more desirable shade tree, and its growth is 
much more rapid and vigorous, and yet it is 
but rarely seen except where nature plants it. 
The poplar and button wood with but a single 
exception of the latter have disappeared ; one 
stiil stands on the premises of W. II. Dickin- 
son, a large and noble specimen of its kind. 
There is one rare and noticeable tree, a hack- 
berry, standing in front of the M. C. Porter 
house, hardy and vigorous, nearly as large as 
the elm. It was struck by lightning about 
eight years ago, and it was thought at the 
time that it was permanently injured, but it 
has now apparently outgrown the injury. 
Although the haekberry is but rarely seen 
and its name even so little known, yet it is a 
native of the Connecticut valley and it has 
merits of its own that make it worthy of 
notice as an ornamental tree, now nearly ex- 
tinct. This town is noted especially for the 
beauty of its elms. Some of the largest spec- 
imens are on Hill street, which is lined with 
large and beautiful elms. There is one elm 
on Main street that has a remarkable spread 
for the size of the tree; the longest diameter 
of the area which it covers is over 120 feet. ! 
j Our streets have many grand and noble trees, j 
j extending their giant arms as if to guard and [ 
1 protect our homes from the excessive summer ' 
! heat and the fiery shafts of thunder storms. ! 
j When one is ] 
peas by the 

comes over us that we have lost an old friend, 
of which we are continually reminded when 
we pass the vacant spot where it once stood 
in its beauty and majesty. Our experience 
confirms us in the belief that the elm has the 
I highest value as a shade tree because of its 
rapid growth, under the same conditions of 
soil, making more than double the growth in 
a given number of years than that general 
favorite, the maple. 

Prof. Neill, of Amherst College, preached 
here with great acceptance last Sabbath. He 
was received with increased interest when it 
was known that he was the son of a former 
beloved pastor. Dr. Henry Neil], now de- 
ceased, and born in Hatfield. 

Rye, corn and potatoes are looking well. 
Insects of all kinds were never more plenty 
.md .destructive to useful vegetation. 

ated as it sometimes hap- 
fury of the cyclone, a feeling 


After the news came of the President's 
death, and the tide of the nation's sorrow 
flowed so freely, every patriotic heart was 
touched afresh, when the 'telegraphic wires 
flashed across the Atlantic the sorrow and 
sympathy of people's in other lands. Our 
martyr President, although dead, occupied 
the throne, and in all the civilized world three 
hundred millions of people, from the highest 
prince to the lowest peasant, bowed their 
heads with us in a common sorrow. And 
now we shall accept this spontaneous expres- 
sion of all the civilized world as the. highest 
and noblest tribute ever paid to our system of 
government and the principles upon which it 
rests, the ripe fruitage of the seed planted by 
the Puritans, which alone in the world could 
make such results possible as are illustrated 
in the life and career of James A. Garfield. 
The exercises in our church last week Mon- 
day in memorial of the President were high- 
ly interesting. Rev. R. M. Woods presided 
and made appropriate remarks, followed by 
Prof. W. B. Harding, S. G. Hubbard. Dr. 
Barton. Dea. Porter, and Mr. C. G. Wait. 
The speech of Prof. Harding was very line 
and worthy of permanent, record, and all 
were highly fitting and in good tasle. 

The regular weekly offering, Sept. 25th, 
amounting to SG-L50, was devoted to the 
Michigan sufferers. 

Grass is now as green and vigorous as at 
any time during the summer. Several farm- 
ers have mowed a third crop, and others 
might do the same with profit. 

While some fields of potatoes turn out well, 
others yield but light crops. 

Tobacco has had a boom. Nearly all of 
the '80 crop has been bought up, and there is 
a less amount of old tobacco held by farmers 
than at any time during the past eleven years. 
O. C. Wells and several others have sold new 
crops now hanging on the poles. 

Selectman C. K. Morton, C. S. Shattuck 
and W. C. Dickinson are off on a fishing ex- 
cursion with headquarters at Lynn. We shall 
no doubt hear of their exploits in due time. 

The interesting event of this week is ex- 
pected to come off at Putne3 r , Yt., on Thurs- 
day, after which a former preceptress of 
Smith Academy will preside over the domes- 
tic arrangements of a certain well-known 
young man of this town. 

Miss Hattie Brown is about starting for 
Lasalle, 111., on a visit to her sister, Mrs. S. 
D. Porter, where she is expected to remain 
for several months. 

" All work and no play makes Jack a dull 
boy," is true of old boys as well. The Cattle 
Show at Northampton this week ought to be 
well patronized by old and yonng. Not the 
least among its advantages is the opportunity 
of greeting old friends and renewing acquain- 

Mrs. Clara Wood and children of Milwau- 
kee, Wis., is in town on a visit to her parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Morton. Her old friends 
are pleased to welcome her. 


There's a wee little girl, and I know who, 
Willi a early head and eyes of blue. 
Who climbs each night to her mother's knee, 
And asks, "Mamma, does you love little me?" 

This dear little girl is fair and sweet, 
From her golden head to her dancing foot; 
And the cheery voice of my little pet 
la music the heart can ne'er forget. 

I £-,w? y \ ong whlle the sunbeams hist, 
Till the beautiful daylight all is past, 
i his little sunbeam shines for me 
As bright as a sunbeam could ever be ! 

But when the shadows of night fall down 
And take away from the day its crown— ' 
Ah, then the birdies fly home to rest 
i And snuggle down in their own wee nest. 

And the wee little girl with eyes so blue, 
And hair so golden, and heart so tme 
Climbs lovingly up to her mother's knee, 
And asks, "Mamma, does you love little me?" 
I Mary D. Bkixr. 


The M. X. Hubbard homestead was sold „, 
(auction, Thursday last, for $3,600" to Mr. E. 
/Curtis. It could have been sold a year 
for over $4,200 to a New York p 
J sale at that time was p 
pectation of getting a better 

arty, but the! 
>e<i with the ex 
pecuuion ui geuing :i ueuer price, but nn- 
fortunately for the creditors, the demand for 

first-class residences has not increased during 
the year. 

Corn and potatoes are mostly above ground, 
i The advance guard of the grand army of po- 
tato bugs have made their appearance in 
force, and have commenced operations for a 
vigorous summer campaign. 

Tobacco plants in open beds appear to be 
quite forward, which will require early set- 

Should this present drouth continue ten 
days longer, the grass and oats will be light 

The principal topic of interest during the 
past week was the convention of the Teach- 
i ers' Association of Franklin and Hampshire 
-counties, held in this town Friday and Satur- 
day. The audience room of the Congrega- 
tional Church was well filled on both days, 
More than 150 teachers from abroad vterc 
present. The subjects presented and illus- 
trated by the distinguished educators present 
were highly instructive and suggestive to all 
I interested in common school education, 
j Could parents be induced to attend these con- 
ventions, their interest in our common schools 
would be increased and they would have bete 
1 ter ideas of school work, and what the teach- 
ers are endeavoring to accomplish for their 
children, then they would be more ready lo 
second the efforts of the teacher, and much 
better results would be seemed in our schools. 

I think many callas are managed entirely 
too much. They are certainly a water 
plant, and the process that some are sub- 
jected to is enough to cause the dilapida- 
ted specimens we so often see. I do not 
believe in drying the bulb. Through the 
summer let them grow, giving them" only 
a little water untii" August. Then dig out 
the dirt around them and fill up with new 
rich earth, watering profusely. My calla 
is eight years old ; it stands four feet high 
and measures 22 inches around at the 
base. It produced last winter 38 blos- 
soms; this winter, so far, it has had nine- 
teen, there being eight buds and blossoms 
and 40 leaves on it at present. I keep it 
in a five-gallon jar, and it takes a large 
pitcher full of water every day to quench 
its thirst. I seldom enrich it, but give it 
all the sunshine and water it wants, and 
am amply repaid with luxuriant foliage 
and many sweet white lilies. Alice F. C. 
Hatfield, February 3, 1S80. 

JSMU^ v&f*** ' I •? Jf& HB^^^BB" 

The Wife's Claims. 

You arc a man of business, and have no 
time to show attention to your wife— few op- 
portunities to converse with her; at least you 
make few. She submits to this unsocial state 
of things 'because she must, but is she happy ? 
Probably not ; no woman likes to be consul 
cied a cipher. Your wife ought to be your 
best adviser. She ought to be your most 
confident counsellor. The chief conceit of 
man amounts to genius. There arc many 
husbands who would as soon think of taking 
advice of their children as their wives. But it 
is only the fool who is too wise to seek counsel. 
A woman, you say, knows very little about 
business; nevertheless, her intuition is often 
better than a man's judgment. Your wife is 
your partner. You have earned the money, but 
she has saved and sacrificed and pinched and 
worried and worked to help accumulate it. She 
has done her fair share toward making your 
property what it is ; she has a right to be 
consulted how it shall be used. A double 
right has she to have her judgment weighed 
and measured in all questions relating to the 
disposition of the family and the training 
and culture of the children. Talk to your 
wife on all occasions. When you come home 
at night, tired with cares of the day, to find 
her equally fatigued, bring her the news of 
the day ; bring the latest, freshest thought. 
In buying your paper, or subscribing for your 
magazine, or renewing your religious weekly, 
get what suits her needs and meets her tastes. 
There is more in that patient, quiet wife of 
yours than you think ; do not freeze her very 
individuality by your practical contempt of 

wniiinn. — Selected. _ __ 

Smith Academy finished a very successful 
term last Tuesday. The winter term, with 
the same corps of teachers, will commence 
Dec. 8. It was our good fortune to witness 
the closing exercises of examination. They 
reflected much credit upon the students, and 
the results of a thorough system of instruc- 
tion and good government with the smallest 
amount of friction in its work. The teach- 
ers are deserving of . great praise for earnest 
and faithful labor in every department of the 
school. Instruction in drawing, but little 
taught in our schools ten years ago, and that 
little without system, is here made a specialty. 
If all cannot become artists, they can at least 
receive an invaluable training to the cultiva- 
tion of habits of observation, and skill of 
hand and eye, which will be of great practi- 
cal benefit. 

Prof. Mather of Amherst supplied our pul- 
pit in exchange with the pastor. He preach- 
ed on "The Importance of little Things." 
Prof. Mather has many friends in Hatfield. 

Our pastor, Rev. Robert M. Woods gave us 
a very interesting discourse Thanksgiving 
day, illustrating the facts of the progress of 
Christianity, and through its influence the 
wonderful march of the Anglo-Saxon race, 
as shown by the history of the last 300 years 
throughout the world. 

Amateurs are having rare sport in hooking 
up suckers through the ice on the mill poud. 
Fifty pounds were taken in a short time 

John E. Doane, Michael Larkin, Geo. A. 
Billings and Roswell Billings have been 
drawn as jurymen for the Supreme Court. 
C. S. Shattuck is still on duty as juryman at 
the U. S. Court at Boston, where he has been 
sinco the 25th of October. 


The Lyceum held weekly on Tuesday even- 
ings at Armory Hall, and started mainly by 
the operatives of Shattuck's fire-arms compa- 
ny, is well sustained and largely attended by 
both sexes. The debates call out the best 
talent of the mechanics and farmers; even 
the local lawyer is a prominent figure. A 
committee of ladies is generally selected to 
decide the weight of argument. The ladies 
also furnish an original paper, full of good, 
pleasant and witty things. President Gordon 
is a model presiding officer, and Secretary 
Lew. Kingsley is prompt and efficient. 

It is claimed for this town that the average 
rate of taxation for a term of years is much 
less than any town in the state, amounting 
to more than one per cent annually less than 
the average of towns. To holders of real 
property who are in debt, this means practi- 
cally that they are paying one per cent less 
on borrowed capital than is paid by borrowers 
in many towns in the Connecticut valley. 

The Ladies Benevolent Society met for the 
first time in the rooms connected with the 
church which they have recently fitted up. 
Quite a full attendance of gentlemen were 
present by invitation, ample provision was 
made to supply the wants of the inner man 
by Mrs. J. D. Porter and Mrs. S. G. Hubbard, 
providers for the entertainment, the time was 
passed very pleasantly, and the remarks of 
the pastor, Deacons Cowles and Porter and 
C. G. Waite, added spice to the occasion. 
The ladies of this society are doing a good 
work and are deserving of patronage and en- 
couragement. They will hold these social 
entertainments once in two weeks. 

The young ladies' "Real Folks" are to hold 
a sociable at the rooms above mentioned on 
Thursday eve, Dec. 9. Supper to be served 
from 6 to 9. 


As compared with other sections of 
the country, the farmers of New England 
are this year highly favored. They find 
that their produce is in better demand 
at higher prices, owing to the drouth and 
consequent short crops of the south 
and west. Their hay and grain crops 
turned out bountifully. As a sam- 
ple of production in this town, E. Hub- 
bard reports that on his four acre stone 
pits lot, land not the best, devoted to 
wheat, the product was 140 bushels of 
first class Clawson wheat with 
about ten bushels mor%, good on- 
ly for feed. From the same field 
he took last week by estimation five 
tons of good hay, the result of last 
spring's seeding in the wheat. It is pos- 
sible that several other farmers in town 
have done as well, and probably could 
make a better showing on smaller fields 
in the yield of grain, as Mr Hubbard 
might have done had he selected one or 
two of the best acres on this field. This 
is a remarkable yield, taking into account 
the character of the soil; at least one half 
of this field is a high sandy ridge general- 
ly considered by farmers unfavorable for 
the production of wheat. This land had 
been highly manured in previous years 
f or tobacco. , 

J It is said that the .most valuable works in 
(the town library are but little read, while the 
nev/est novels are the most eagerly sought for 
by our reading public. A majority of these 
worms are worse than worthless. In them 
men and women in the common walks of 
life hke tiic majority of those around us, are 
Held up to criticism and ridicule, or become 
toiorahlc only as they become necessary and 
taseful to the heroes and heroines of the storv 
who become more interesting as they are surl 
rounded with wealth, beauty and leisure. 
Morbid views of life are in this way created 
and fostered, and the young reader becomes 
impressed with his own superiority, and dis- 
satisfied with his country life and everyday 
dimes and surroundings. 

The fellowship meetings heldai the church 
last week Tuesday, were very interesting- 5 
large numbers were present from other towns' 1 
1 he time was fully occupied during the day 
and the interest was intensified by reports of 
spiritual progress in the different towns rep- : 
resented m the gathering. These meetings 
are, no doubt, highly useful in cultivating 
acquaintanco, fellowship and brotherly feel- 
ing among the churches. 

The Armory Hall Lyceum will close for 
the season, Thursday eve, Feb. 17. The ex- 
ercises will, no doubt, be of a highly enter- 
taining order, as our "African brother " and 
the champion of "woman's rights" will 
speak in costume, with other exercises of a 
valedictory nature. To close with a debate 
on the comparative merits of Prohibition and 

It is understood that friend C. S. Shattuck 
will soon move his business to the factory of 
Chas. A. Maynard, Northampton, for the 
purpose of completing unfinished work, saved 
from the fire. His many friends will bo 
sorry to lose him as a citizen of Hatfield, 
and they sincerely hope that sufficient in- 
ducements may be offered him to start his 
works again iu this town. 

The long cold spell is broken at last. The 
warm weather and rain of last week gave our 
farmers the opportune, so long coveted, of 
taking down their tobacco, which they most- 
]y improved, to the fullest extent— many I 
large crops now ready for the buyers., 

' The most eminent clergyman of our name 
who has yet appeared was 

Dr. Joseph Lyman of Hatfield, 

who became pastor there in 1775, at twenty- 
three years of age, and continued in the pas- 
torate fifty-six years, to the end of his life. 
He was a natural leader of men, and acquir- 
ed and wielded an immense influence among 
the Congregational Churches of Massachu- 
setts. It is said that there was scarcely an 
ecclesiastical council for years where his ser- 
vices were not considered indispensible. 
(Over such councils he was generally called to 
', preside, and " whether in calm or in storm, 
he was equally self reliant and successful." 
He took an early and active interest in mis- 
sions, laboring efficiently as President of the 
Hampshire Missionary Society. He was 
from the beginning a corporate member of 
the American Board, and for a time its Presi- 
dent. A large number of his sermons on 
public occasions were published. " He was 
a master builder," says his successor Dr. 
Waterbury, " whose influence for good is to ; 
be understood, not by one generation, nor 
even from time's amplest records, but in the 
more enduring influences of an interminable 


Former Residents of this ToAvn now Liv- 
ing Elsewhere. 

Some of the old residents of the town now 
scattered widely through the country are not 
forgotten here. The following, by no means 
a full list, are some of the names of people 
now living who removed from Hatfield and 
beyond New England during the last fifty 
years. The brothers, Rev. J. L. Partridge 
and Rev. G. C. Partridge, now of Brooklyn, 
N. Y., and Illinois, were grandsons of Dr. 
Joseph Lyman, pastor for 56 years in Hat- 
field. John Hastings and Obadiah Dickinson 
with their families located in the Onondaga 
valley when that section of Central New York 
was new, and where a remnant of the once 
powerful tribe, the Onondagas, still lives on a 
reservation of lauds. Samuel D. Partridge, 
Esq., a worthy descendant of the Samuel 
Partridge who was so prominent among the 
leading men of his time, pioneers in the first 
settlement of Hadley and Hatfield, now lives 
in Milwaukee, Wis. Harvey Graves and 
family moved to Janesville, Wis., more than 
forty years ago, where he lives on his farm. 
Hon. Edward C. Billings, a judge of the U. 
S. Court, has been located in New Orleans 
about twenty years. H. W. Hubbard, for 
some time assistant clerk of the U. S. Court 
at New Orleans, is connected with the Custom 
House there. A. F. Billings and his brother, 
Jos. Billings, who served this Representative 
district in the General Court five years ago, 
are doing business as commission merchants 
in St. Louis, Mo. : their brother, Charles Bil- 
lings, M. D. ? is practicing his profession in 
Iowa. Chas. D. Johnson is located on a farm 
in Northern Iowa. J. E. Waite is also living 
in Iowa. Geo. W. Waite is now superintend- 
ent of schools in Ashtabula, Ohio, where he 
has been located in business for many years. 
James Morton has lived the last eighteen 
years in Shipman, 111., a bank director and 
prominent in the county. L. G. Hitchcock, 
a number of years in business in Lawrence, 
Kansas, now lives in Chicago. C. W. Bil- 
lings is in business at Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Samuel D. Porter is connected with the 
coal mines in Oglesby, 111. Henry H. Childs, 
who was on board the unfortunate steamer 
"Central America," when she was lost iu a 
storm before the war, was one of the seven 
survivors, and furnished a thrilling account 
of the disaster, published at the time in the 
New York papers, where he then and since 
has resided. The brothers Josiah and II. L. 
Morton are located in business in Milwaukee, 
Wis. All of our towns have contributed 
some of their best stock of men and women 
to swell the great tide of emigration that has 
been steadily moving towards the setting sun, 
moulding states in their grand onward march 
and carrying the principles of freedom and 
equality, free educatiou and religious liberty, 
and building them into the superstructure of 
the new states of the country, so that now we 
have lived to witness the triumph of New 
England ideas, and to see them incorporated 
into the constitution of our country. 


Now Harry, pray don't laugh at me, 

But when you go so late, 
I wish you would be careiul, dear, 

1 o never slam the gate. 

For Beme listens every night, 
r And so does teasing Kate, 
io tell me next day what o'clock 
They heard vou slam the s&te 





'Twas nearly ten, last night, .you know 

Hut now 'tis very late— 
(We've talked about so many things,) 

O, do not slam the gate I 

For all the neighbors hearing it 

Will say our future fate 
We've been discussing, ho I beg 

You will not slam the gate. 

For though it is all very true 
I wish that they would wait. 

To canvass our affairs— until— 
Well— pray don't slam the gatel 

At least not now. Hut by and by, 
When in "our home" I wait 

Your coming, I shall always like 
To hear you slam the gate! 



Mr fcndJ&rs. Thomas Cutter celebrated the 
fiftieth anniversary of gieir marriage Jam Is t, 
1879 assisted by friends from Hatfield, 
Northampton, Williamsburg, Conway, and 
i other towns, filling their spacious residence 
with a very merry company. Kcv. Mr. 
Gould of Northampton, made the presenta- 
tion speech, humorously alluding to the 
bride's-loaf, a mammoth specimen oi_ com- 
pounded indescribable materials, bearing in 
'huge raised sugar-mounted letters the dates 
1829— 1879, the work and offering of Mis. 
Arnold M. Peck of Hatfield, tastefully adorn- 
ed with evergreen and flowers by Mr. I'ecK s 
daughter. Mr. Aionzo Cutter responded in 
behalf of his parents, with a few. heart- 
felt appropriate words of appreciation and 
gratitude. Rev. Mr. Woods of Hatfield, fol- 
lowed with a cheerful little speech, indicative 
of his entire ignorance of all such affairs, say- 
ing that this was the first golden wedding he 
ever attended, but he believed m weddings 
of all kinds, and hinted that he should like 
one of his own, and affirmed his belief that 
some day he would also have a golden wed- 
dincr Here Mr. Gould unceremoniously in- 
terrupted the speaker by exclaiming "lou 
never will have one unless you commence 
pretty soon," convulsing the entire assem- 
blage Mr. Woods included, with laughter. 
However Mr. W. recovered himself, and 
taking up some of Mr. Gould's ironical expres- 
sions, handling them in a masterly manner, 
much to the merriment of the company. 1 hen 
followed the reading of a Golden Wedding 
Rhyme.bvMrs. Chas. C. Clapp, of Northamp- 
ton. Rev. Mr. Gould did some fine singing, 
and also offered prayer. Reading of the Scrip- 
tures by Rev. Mr. Woods of Hatfield. Tea 
was served in the afternoon for the out-of- 
town friends, while in the evening refresh- 
ments were provided for all. Mr. and Mrs. 
Peck presided over the bride's-loaf, which 
seemed like sacrilege to depredate. Tne 
presents consisted of both gold and silver. 
Conspicuous on the list was a ten-dollar gold 
coin; also, one dollar silver coins, besides 
many other useful gifts. Noticeable m the 
company was a young looking, active, elderly .{ 
lady, Mrs. Yining of Williamsburg, mother of 
Editor Gere, of the Hampshire Gazette. 
None of the original guests were present. Mr. 
and Mrs. Cutter were married in New Hamp- 
shire and shortly after their marriage came 
to Hatfield, where they have lived ever since, 
rearing a large family, implicitly obeying the 
Divine injunction, "Be fruitful and multi- 
ply " Five of their children have proceeded 
them to the eternal world. Many of their 
motherless grandchildren came to do homage 
to their kinsfolks. Three generations were 
represented. Mr. Hartwell of Florence _hay- 

mg a grandchild present, which is a great- 
grandchild of Mr. and .Airs. Cutter. The ev- 
ening passed too soon, as the company dis- 
persed, all hoped that both bride and groom 
might yet call their friends together to make 
merry at a diamond wedding twenty-five 
years hence. 


Fifty years ago this New Year's day 
These two expectant hearts were made one; 

Of that event I have naught to say, 
For it was before f'd seen the sun. 

The first bright years of their married Jife 

So long ago were unknown to me, 
Probably with joy and Sorrow rife, 

The same as ovary couple must see. 

I well know they worked from dav to day, 

Casing for the little ones that came, 
Thus much I safely venture to say, 

For the story is ever the same. * 

Light and darkness, yea, sunshine and cloud 
Belong to those in the married state, 

Be they rich or poor, humble or proud, 
Discipline surely comes, soon or late. 

Seventeen years ago this time 

The gfouhd was well protected with snow, 
The flowers were dead, buried the thvrne. 

And winter's cold winds fiercely did blow. 

'Twas then I was employed to teach 
Their two daughters, young; ladies Grown, 

To guide knowledge within their reach, 
And have only the good seed sown. 

A most agreeable task to me ; 

Watching the developing of mind. 
Ellen and Florence, I could see 

Loved study and were two sisters kind. 

Where now are those girls, who bid so fair 
For future usefulness here on earth ? 

The chain is broken that bound the pair, 
Ellon has left the home of her birth. 

Others of the family have gone, 

Dropping one by one like autumn leaves. 
Leaving mourifig hearts looking for morn ' 

Where there is nothing that ever grieves. 
Only a [ew of you remain here, 

Many have crossed the flowing river, 
Their presence is often very near; 

Almost we feel their garments quiver. 

Could you possibly live fifty years 
^In this daily changing world of ours, 
Without sheding many bitter tears? 
Always treading on perfumed flowers ? 

No! joy and sorrow go hand in hand, 
The pathway sometimes down, sometimes up, 

You were closely bound with an iron hand ; 
Yon must drink from one, and the same cup. . 

This New Year's day these friends gather here, 

Bringing to memory the nuptial hour 
Your hearts with kind words and deeds to cheer, 

Lingering in memory's bower. 

May peace and plenty be your lot 

During the remainder of your life; 
May the burden of old age press not, 

And forever be ended all strife. 

Yon have commenced to go down life's hill, 
'Tis too true, you cannot the fnct hide, 

May you pass along without a rill 
To disturb the inevitable ride. 

Ring! oh! ring most loudly, bells of gold 

Upon this glorious festal day, 
Without reigns the monarch snow, so cold, 

Within these walls dwells the warmth of May. 

Thus may your hearts be warm an 1 true, 
Though storms should beat against your door, 

The pledge of youth you can renew, 
Thereby growing rich instead of poor. 

Stay O, Time, this wedding feast prolong, 
We bring to these our friends good cheer, 

Love is the true burden of our soug 
Around you always, forever near. 

When the Reaper forbids you roam, 

May you be ready for the call 
That bids you leave your earthly home, 

'Tis a summons that come3 to all. 



The Creamery. Association has been organ-1 
ized by the choice of J. D. Porter, J ]" 8. 
Wells, W. C. Dickinson, A. L. Strong, and. 
Edwin Field as Directors; J. D. Porter, 
President; W. C. Dickinson, Secretary, and 
J. S. Wells, Treasurer and General Manager.. 
The busy season is upon us in earnest, and 
the planting of corn, potatoes, and sugar-' 
beets is nearly completed. Most of the farm- 
ers that planted sugar-beets last year, are- 
planting them again this 3 r ear, being satisfied 
that it is a paying crop for feeding to stock, 
even if they were not wanted for sugar pur- 

Tobacco is still the leading crop, and the 
growers are now busy with weeding the 
plant beds and fitting their tobacco grounds. 
Soon the plants must be set, the corn, pota- 
I toes and root crops must be hoed, haying, 
J and harvesting of wheat, rye, and oats Avill 
rapidly^follow, and must be mostly accom- 
plished'before July 20. 

Our methods of farming have been changed 
in many respects during the past twenty-five 
i years, from what they were previously. By 
rthe introduction of agricultural machinery, 
'horse-power has taken the place of man- 
power in planting, spreading manure and 
fertilizers, sowing grain and ail kinds of 
seeds. The mowing machine and harvester, 
; horse rake, tedder, and horse hay fork have 
| worked a complete revolution in the labor of 
haying and harvesting to the great relief of 
ithe farmer. Have we made as much pro- 
gress in other respects? It is an open ques- 
tion whether the farmers of to-day under- 
stand the principles of crop rotation as well 
ias their fathers did thirty years ago. 

Oar fathers, the first settlers in old Hamp- 
shire county, suffered untold hardships and 
I privations in establishing themselves here and 
building up happy homes and securing 
for us, their dependents the free institutions 
i which now are our boast and pride. Then is 
I it not well to recall their virtues and hold 
I their names in the highest honor and respect?' 
Those towns in the Connecticut valley, like 
Iladley, which have a full and complete prin- 
ted history culled from public records and 
private papers, now in the hands of almost 
every family, are highly favored ; such an 
example is worthy of imitation. Many a 
town is rich in material now in scattered frag- 
ments, which are liable to be swept away by 
fire in a single night, and with no possibility 
of restoring the frail and perishable materials 
which make up its valuable and only authen- 
tic record. 

The interest in the lyceum at Armory Hall 
continues unabated. The question of "Prohi- 
bition and License" will be discussed at the 
y,ir Tuesday evening, Feb. 1. They will 
Z«uvc also the usual variety of recitations, 
declamations, and the "paper." Quite a 
number of our people are in the habit of 
patronizing the better class of concerts and 
plays at Northampton. Yet we are not 
by any means lacking in home amuse- 
ments, the offspring of local talent. The 
"Heal Folks," who met with Miss Eunice 
Morton last Thursday evening, had a "Moth- 
er Goose party " and charades, which were 
highly enjoyed by the few who were privileg- 
ed spectators. Many social gatherings help 
in giving opportunities to enliven and brighten 
the long winter evenings, and add much, lo 
alleviate the daily round of duties and cares, 
and make people happy. 


The New Orleans Democrat says the fob 
lowing remarks have mostly been said time 
after time at all our "tony" weddings, and 
will be said again and again on every such 
occasion : — 

Here she comes ! 

Pretty, isn't she? 

Who made her dress? 

Is it Surah, silk or satin? 

Is her veil real lace? 

She's white as the wall ! 

Wonder how much he's worth? 

Did he give her those diamonds? 

He's scared to death ! 
j Isn't she the cool piece? 

That train's a horrid shape ! 

Isn't her mother a dowdy? 

Aren't the bridesmaids homely? 

That's a handsome usher ! 

Hasn't she a cute little hand? 

Wonder what number her gloves are? 

They say her shoes are fives. 

If his hair isn't parted in the middle ! 

Wonder what on earth she married him for! 

For his money of course. 

Isn't he handsome ! 

He's as homely as a hedge-hog ! 

He looks like a circus-clown ! 

No, he's like a dancing-master! 

Good enough for her anyway. 

She was always a stuck-up thing. 

She'll be worse than ever now ! 

She jilted Sam Somebody, didn't she? 

No, he never asked her. 
I He's left town, anyway, 
i There, the ceremony has begun ! 

Isn't he awkward? 

White as his collar! 

Why don't they hurry up? 

Did she say she would "obey?" 
! What a precious fool ! 

There, they are married ! 

Doesn't she look happy? 

Pity if she wouldn't ! 

(Wish I were in her place !) 

What a handsome couple ! 

She was always a sweet little thing. 

How gracefully she walks. 

Dear me, what airs she puts on ! 

Wouldn't be in her place for a farm ! 

I'll bet those jewels were hired. 

Well, she's off her father's hands at last? 
i Doesn't she cling tightly to him, though? 
; She has a mortgage on him now ! 

Hope they'll be happy. 
j They say she's awful smart. 
' Too smart for him by a jugful. 

There, they are getting in the carriage ! 

That magnificent dress will be squashed ! 

The way she does look at him ! 

I bet she worships him. 

Worship be hanged ! she's only making 
elieve ! 

It's kind o' nice to get married, isn't it? 

No, it's a dreadful bore. 

Wasn't it a stupid wedding? 

' What dowdy dresses ! 

I'll never go to another ! 

I'm just suffocated! 

Tired to death ! 

Glad it's over! 

Oh, dear. 


Mrs. Clarissa Hubbard had a gathering of 
her children and grandchildren at the old 
homestead to celebrate her eightieth birthday 
last Tuesday, The roast turkey never tasted 
better, and it was a Very enjoyable occasion 
to old and youBg. Such reunions bring back 
pleasant reminiscences of the old home, the 
patient and self-sacrificing mother in her 
ceaseless round of duties, caring for her loved 
ones in sickness and iu health. No one can 
take her place in our hearts when she has 
gone, no one lias loved us in spite of our in- 
gratitude and other serious faults as she has 
"lone. A mother's disinterested love! We 
see nothing like it on earth — through it we 
come to a better understanding of that Love 
which is Divine. 

It is remembered that the Armory Hall Ly- 
ceum of last winter furnished a pleasing vari- 
ety of entertainment. A full attendance is 
expected at its reorganization ou Thursday 
evening of this week. 

The meetings of the Grauge are fully at- 
tended and maintain their former reputation 
for the cultivation of the social virtues. 
There is decided dramatic talent among its 
large membership, which it is hoped and ex- 
pected will be made available for the enter- 
tainment of the public early this winter. 

The musical talent of the town is to be 
brought out under the direction of Mr. O. D. 
Hill," in oue or more public concerts. A first 
class musical treat is anticipated. 

With the Grange, Lyceum, Real Folks, 
Gleaners, and the proposed theatricals and 
concerts in full tide of glory, there will be no 
lack of entertainments for the long winter 
evenings in this town, and consequently less 
occasion than usual to go abroad for expens- 
ive amusements. 

About seventy students are already report- 
ed at the Academy ; this insures a full attend- 
ance for the winter. 

Mr. Arendt, of Arendt & Fringent, N. Y. 
dealers in tobacco, was in town last week for 
the first time, to examine the new crop of to- 
bacco. He speaks highly of it, and to show 
the sincerity of his favorable opinions, he pur- 
chased during the two days while here seven 
lots in the bundle, about two hundred cases 
in all, at prices ranging from 10 to 20 cents. 
Mr. Levi Pease of this town is his agent, and 
will superintend the assorting and packing of 
the tobacco. 

Dr. Smith of Terre Haute, 111., is on a visit 
with his wife at the home of her father, Mr. 
Elisha Hubbard. 

A Saxd Bag fok the Sick-RoomT— One 
of the most convenient articles to be used in 
a sick-room is a sand bag. Get some clean, 
fine sand, dry thoroughly in a kettle on the 
stove, make a bag about eight inches square 
of flannel, fill it with the dry sand, sew the 
opening carefully together, and cover the 
bag with cotton or linen cloth. This will 
prevent the sand from sifting out, and will 
also^ enable you to heat the 'bag quickly by 
placing it in the oven, or even on the top of 
the stove. After once using this you will 
never again attempt to warm the feet or 
hands of a sick person with a bottle of hot 
water or a brick. The sand holds the heat a 
long time ; and the bag can be tucked up to 
the back without hurting the invalid. It is a 
good plan to, make two or three of the bags 
and keep them ready for use.— Evening Post. 

The llatfie 
from Whately with cream enough 
100 pounds of butter daily. It is already I 
making about 'jOO pounds. 

The recent hot weather was very bad for f. 
horses. Mr. .). S. Graves lost a valuable one 
from the effects of the heat, and other horses 
were seriously affected. 

The ground has been thoroughly soaked by I 
the heavy rain storm, which has been contin- , 
ued at intervals from day to day for the last 
ten days. The streams have risen to a higher 
point than at any time this season. Grass is 
coming on finely and there is promise of a I 
heavier hay crop than has been known for 

Mr. L. M. Moore, on Main street, is remod- 
eling and repairing his house. It was orig- 
inally built by Dr. .John Hastings. 75 years 
ago, for an oilice and store-room for roots, I 
drugs and medicines, which the village doctor 
was obliged to compound for himself in the 
olden time before the da3 r s of the modern 
drug store. Hon. Israel Billings occupied the j 
south room in the days of his early law prac-tt 
tice, for a law office. 

There were large audiences drawn out last 
Sabbath to hear Rev. W. S. Leavitt of North- 
ampton. He gave a very thoughtful sermon 
in the morning, and his well-known descrip- 
tion of the "Passion Play" in the evening. 

The lecture of Miss Mary E. Eastman on 
"Our Public Schools and Woman's Opportu- 
nity to Improve Them," called out a good 
audience last Friday night at the Academy 
Hall. The thoughts presented were full of 
interest to the friends of education. She held 
the attention of the audience for' two hours, 
largely dwelling upon the defects of school 
books and w:ong methods of instruction, 
which are permitted through the incompeten- | 
cy of school boards to direct needed reforms, 
and partly through the lack of the proper 
training of teacheis, who, if they understand 
the natural way of interesting and teaching 
the child, are not encouraged to put it irt 
practice, but are expected to cram the mind 
with words, words from the spelling books, 
many of which they will never use or under- 
stand, even when -they arrive at an adult age. 
Then, too, the manner in which reading is 
taught to the child before he can understand 
the^meaning of half the words he is compelled 
to use. Her illustrations in this connection 
were full of just and scathing criticisms of 
the prevailing methods of instruction. Her 
ideals of excellence were the Kindergarten 
and the School of Technology. From the fact 
that the early training of the child depended 
almost entirely upon the mother, she showed 
her supeiior ability to rightly understand how 
to develop the mental, moral and physical 
powers of the child, and also because nine- 
tenths of our teachers in the public schools 
are women she has greater opportunities to 
observe and know the defects of our school 
system and to apply the necessary reforms ; 
therefore, she is better fitted for the general 
superintendence of the public schools than 
men. The lecture was bristling with good 
common-sense ideas and a practical knowl- 
edge of the subject, the results of a widely 
extended observation of the best schools in 
the country. 

The teachers 1 convention to be held at 
Greenfield next Friday and Saturday prom- 
ises to be one of unusual interest. Prof. 
Harding of this town, president of the asso- 
ciation, has taken great pains to secure an 
attractive list of speakers for the two days' 
session of the convention. 


" I'm goin' to die," says the Widder Grean, 
" I'm goin' to quit this airthly sceae; 
It ain't no plac .--or me tc stay 
In such a world as 'tis to-day. 
Such works and ways is too much for me, 
'.Nobody can't let nobody be. 
The girls is flounced from top to toe, 
An' tnat's the whole o' what tiiey know. 
The men is mad on bonds and stocks— 
Swearin' and shootin' and pickiu' locks. 
I'm real afraid I'll be hanged myself 
Ef I ain't laid on my final shelf. 
There ain't a cretur but knows to-day 
I never was luny in any way ; 
But since tiie crazy folks all go free, . 
I*m dreadful afraid they'll hang up me. 
There's another matter that's pesky hard— 
I can't go into a neighbor's yard 
To say 'now be you' or borry a pin 
But what the papers have it in. 
'We're pleased to say that Widder Green 
Took dinner a Tuesday with Mrs. Keene.' 
Or, ' Our worthy friend Miss Green has gone 
Down to Barkhamsted to see her son.' 
Great Jerusalem! tean't I stir 
Without a-raisin' soxne feller's fur? 
There ain't no privacy— so to say — 
No more than ef tins was the Jedgment day. 
And as for meetin'— I want to swear 
Whenever I put my head in there- 
Why, even 'Old Hundred's' spiled and done 
Like everything else under the sun, 
It used to be so solemn and slow — 
' Praise to the Lord from below;' 
Now it goes like a gallopm' steer, 
Higli diddle diddle, there and here! 
No respect to tiie Lord above, 
No more'n ef he was hand and glove 
With all the creturs he ever made, 
And ail the jigs that ever wa3 played. 
Preachin' too— but here I'm dumb. 
But I tell you what! I'd like it some 
Ef good oid parson Nathan Strong 
Out o' his grave would come along, 
An give us a stirrin' taste of fire— ° 
Jedgment aud Jestice is my desire. 
'Taint all love an' sickish sweet 
That makes this world nor t'other complete 
But low ! I'm old. I'd better be dead. * 
When the world's a-turniu' over my head 
Sperits taikin' like tarnal fools, 
Bibles kicked out o' deestrick schools, 
Crazy creaturs a-murderin' round- 
Honest folks better be under ground 
8o fare-ye-well ! this airthly scene 
Won't no more be pestered by Widder Green " 

She teirs all my books, 

And breaks all my toys. 
She always needs tending 

When the rest of the boys 
Are off for a frolic, 

And I want to go too. 
Sometimes I'm so vexed 
I don't know what to do. 
j And yet she's so wonderfully canning and sly 
I couldn't help loving her if I should try, 
That dear little troublesome sister of mine ! 

Wherever I go 

She's right at my heels, 
And if there's a chance 

My apple she steals. 
She drops all my nails 

Through a hole in the floor, 
Till I taink I can't stand her 
A smgle day more. 
1 But then she's so sweet and so pretty and gay, 
j I never could spire her for even a day, 
| That dear little troublesome sister of mine ! 

If I cut my finger, 

She wipes my eye«, 
And kisses the hurt place, 

And looks very wise, 
As if she had cured it. 

And when at night 
She puts up her arms 
And hugs me so tight, 
f think she's every bit sweet and good. 
r ou may think you could spare her, but I never 

his queer little comforting sister of mine ! 

—Jidiet H. Brand. 


And now the time approaches for the Annual Town 

And to the doughty Constables the Selectmen send 

And thus the Fathers of the Town blow the official 
horn : 

" You are hereby directed to notify and warn 

The inhabitants, who're qualified to vote in town 

On io leave all other cares, 

And promptly to assemble, responsive to the call, 

At the usual place of meeting, in the spacious old 
Town Hall. 

At nine o'clock in the forenoon the hour of meet- 
ing is, 

And then and there you'll meet for the following 
purposes, viz : 

First, for the said meeting you will choose a Moder- 
ator, — 

TIP election of Town Clerk will come a little later; 

Firewards, School Committee, and Surveyor of 

A Collector of the Taxes, to see that^each one pays : 

A Town and County Treasurer to hand the money 

W T ith Selectmen and Overseers and Keeper of the 
Pound ; 

And before the orators begin their everlasting jaw, 

You may choose such other officers as are required 

Then will come the good old music— the same, with 

On the same old subjects calling for such large ap- 

There is money for the Public Schools (this always 
makes hard talk.) 

Money to mend the highways, lest those who ride 
or walk 

Should be victims of a smash-up, or trip and tumble 

Then put their cases into the courts and prosecute 
the Town. — 

- The poor ye've always with you"— let them be 
supported well; 

Aud don't forget the town clock and the ringing of 
the bell. 

We want to light the streets with gas, after the 
modern plan, 

And money to pay. the firemen, six dollars to each 
man ; 

Money for the engines, cisterns and apparatus, 

For interest on the town debt and various ether 

And whoever saw a warrant without that mysteri- 
ous section 

About the prisoners in the jail and Houses of Cor- 
rection ? 

Then hurrah for Annual Meeting! and may its seed 

For every man there has a chance to speak his little 

Yet we're so very modest that we have not even 

That 'tis time for rival candidates to have their tick- 
ets printed. 
- - . ■ " 


I At six— I well remember when— 
| I fancied all folks old at ten. 

I But, when I'd turned my first decade, 
I Fiiteen appeared more truly staid. 

| But when the fifteenth round I'd run, 
i I thought none old till twenty-one. 

j Then, oddly, when I'd reached that age, 
; 1 held that thirty made folks sage. 

j But when my thirtieth year was told, 
j 1 said : " At two score "men grow old!" 

I Yet two score came and found me thnf tv, 
| Aud so I drew the line at fifty. 

I But when I reached that age, I swore 
]Sone could be old until three score! 

I Arid here I am at sixtv now, 

i As young as when at six, 1 trow! 

'Tis true, my hair is somewhat gray, 
And that 1 use a cane i.o-day; 

| 'lis true, these rogues about mv knee 
Say •'Grandpa'." when they speaL to me; 

But, bless your soul, I'm young as when 
1 thought all peopie old at ten! 

Perhaps a little wiser grown— 
j Perhaps some old illusions flown ; 

But wond'ring still, while years have rolled, 
VV hen is it that a man throws old ? 



Celebration of the Thirtieth Wedding 
Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. 

Mr. Jonathan D. Porter and Miss Eliza P. 
Morton were married thirty years ago. Tues- 
day, April 4, was the anniversary of their 
wedding day. On that occasion were assem- 
bled brothers and sisters with their families 
from Hatfield, Amherst, and Sunderland; and 
cousins and friends from Hadley, South Had- 
ley and Springfield. Among them we notic- 
ed Eleazar Porter, Esq., from Hadley, Mr. 
and Mrs. Ingraham of South Hadley, and 
Dr. C. S. Hurlbut and wife and Mr. W. H. 
Allis of Springfield. Resolute Grange, of 
which the honored couple are prominent 
members, were out in full force. Mr. Porter 
made a neat and feeling address of welcome 
to the large company of guests, to his near 
relatives, and lastly to his brothers and sis- 
ters of the grange. Rev. Ii. M. Woods re- 
sponded happily for the assembled company, 
and Deacon James Porter spoke fitting words 
for the relatives. Worthy Master Thaddeus 
Graves responded with his accustomed readi- 
nessj for the adopted brother and sister of 
the grange, paying a glowing tribute to the 
high character and commendable life of the 
happy pair, presenting a valuable ebony 
clock and silver cake basket, as tokens of es- 
teem and affection in which they are held by 
their brothers and sisters of the order. Nu- 
.merous other presents, valuable for use and 
beauty, the gifts of their friends, adorned a 
table in one of the rooms. Mr. and Mrs. 
Porter bore their honors with characteristic 
modesty and dignity, The poetry read by 
Mrs. H, S. Porter and Miss Nettie Morton on 
this occasion, are presented herewith ; also, 
another, sparkling with humor and pointed 
with pleasant things, was read by Mr. W. H. 
Allis of Springfield, of which we failed to 
obtain a copy. After grace was said by the 
pastor, a feast of good things was served to 
the company, which filled the principal 
rooms of the house. Afterwards the compa- 
ny was favored with fine music, by members 
of the grange, assisted by Mr. Woods. Every- 
body appeared happy. This pleasant occa- 
sion will be long remembered, 


The bride of thirty years ago, the following lines are 
affectionately inscribed : 


" Backward, turn backwai'd ! Oh, time in your flight, 
Make me a child again just for to-night." 
These friends will bear with me kindly, I know, 
If my thoughts waucter back to the dear long ago. 

I would revel again mid childhood's bright scenes, 
I would roam in the fairyland of maidenhood's 

I would linger awhile in those scenes of delight; 
Oil memory! bring back those fond dreams tonight. 

Bright visions of gladness, they float o'er me now; 
The breezes of childhood are tanning my brow; 
I am sittiug again 'neath the old shady tree — 
But where are the children who played there with 

Where are the friends of my girlhood tonight? 
They have left the old hearth-stone, they have 

passed from our sight; 
Some have found rest in their own loving homes, 
And some we have laid down to rest in the tomb, 

Where are the fathers weo blessed us that night 
When the marriage vow sealed the lovers- uoth- 

The dear loving mothers, Oh where have they gone? 
Have they passed away with the years that have 

One yet remains, though feeble and old ; 
Her tottering steps are nearing life's goal; 
We will cherish her tenderly, guard her with care, 
For what love can e'er with a mother's compare? 

Of the brothers and sisters who gathered that day, 
One lo^ed one we miss, she long since passed 

Other links have been added to love's golden chain, 
Bui those Jinks have been severed again and again. 

The man of God, who the solemn works sooke, 
Wnic.i joined hearts and hands by vows ne'er to be 

He. too, has passed to the heavenly home, 
And tiie welcome received " Servant— well done." 

Sister, just thirty year ago 
You stepped within these doors— a bride; 
To reign a queen within these walla. 
Perchance to rule him at your side. 

If that be so— you've ruled him well, 
And he's a willing subject been, 
Sine j naught but peace andJiarmony 
Witnin these walls is ever seen, 

Together you have shared life's joys, 
Together all its griefs sustained ; 
A husband's arm' has been your stay 
vv"hen sorrow's bitter cup you've drained. 

Life's summit you've together reached, 
And, as its downward grade you tread, 
May love still brighten all your days, 
And o'er your path its halo shed. 

When old age comes creeping o'er you, 
And the way grows dark and drear, 
May children's children gather round you, 
Your faltering steps to guide and cheer. 

When the scenes of earth are ended, 
And you lay this body down, 
May a home in heaven await you, 
And a bright immortal crown. 

1S52— 1S32. 

To Mr. and Mrs. JONATHAN PORTER, on their 
thirtieth anniversary of their wedding day, April 
4, 18»2. 
Long ago, when April sunshine 

Sent a thrill of joy to every heart, 
In the pleasant, hopeful springtime, 

Loving hands were joined no more to part. 

i This the preface of the story, 

Old and dear, like many told before, 
And for thirty years you've written 
In this book of quaint and mystic lore. 

Of your life it tells the story, 
Since that April day the uue began; 

Let us turn the pages over, 
Reading of the good tny iife hath done. 

First we find a charming picture; 

Meadows fair make glad the farmer's heart; 
Gaodly barns, a cozy homestead 

In a village rich with Nature's"art. 

Shadows dark, and flashing sunbeams, 

Falling leaves and song of birds ; 
Then we catch a glimpse of home life. 

With its quiet grace and kindly words. 

Ready hands and tender watching, 
Guard with love the baby's winaome way; 

Totrliug feet and household duties, 
Fill the moments of eacli passing day. 

Then, anon, we miss the lisping accents, 
And our thoughts in scenes of sadness roamx. 

For we read with moistened eyelids, 
Of a vacant place within that home. 

Gently now we turn the pages, 
But the dear one we shall" see no more; 

Baby's gone to live with Jesus, 
Lonely hearts are watching by the shore. 

And there was another dear one, 
Who had shared their horue-iue for a time; 

lie, too, at the Saviour's calling, 
Left them in his manhood's early prime. 

Clouds, and then a silver lining, 

Changing seasons with their smiles and tears, 
Other children came to bless them, 

And to love them in the coming years. 

Thus the book is full of pictures, 
Of a loving home and Christian gain; 

Carefully we've turned the pages, 
And we find they have not lived in vain. 

" Life is real, life is earnest," 

This ha3 been your motto, brave and true; 
Steadfast hearts and honest doing, 

Teach their lesson all the pages through. 

Thirty years you've wrote the story, 
Hand in hand, but still it holdeth thee, 

And you daily turn the pages, 
Trustingly, not knowing what the end will be., 

For the book is si ill unfinished; 

Many yeais their treasures must unfold, 
Many pages must be written, 

Ere the book is closed, the story told. 

Fairer far than words of fiction, 
Is this tale of Christian life and love ; 

Wondrous fair will be the sequel, 
When together you shall meet above. 

May your circle be unbroken ; 

Precious mem'ries bind the chain of years; 
Health and happiness attend thee, 

Joy and gladness chase away the tears. 

May tou reap with hand of plenty, 
When the fruitful harvest day siiall come; 

Golden sheaves of richest blessings, 
Is the heartfelt wish of ev'ryone. 

Children, home and many friends, 

God hath given unto thee; 
Pearls of friendship and of love, 

These our offering shall be. 

They are pearls of richer worth 

Than a jeweled crown can show, 
And among the gold and diamonds, 

Will with purest luster glow. 

M. Nettie Morton: 

It is thought that the birds first inaugurat- 
ed the custom of having a winter residence 
in the sunny South, and a summer home im 
this latitude — a custom which has since been 
copied by the fashionable world. Many of 
the birds have returned to their summer 
homes and receive our hearty welcome, as. 
they commence anew their housekeeping in. 
our vicinity. They already make these beau- 
tiful spring mornings lively and vocal with, 
their melodies of song. 

Rev. R. M. Woods gave his people a vig- 
orous sermon on Fast-day, taking for his* 
themes, "divorce" and the "Chinese ques- 
tion," advocating healthy views as to the- 
sanctity of marriage, and sustaining the 
American principle of welcome to people of 
all nationalities on American soil. 

Several farmers in town have been victim- 
ized by a Springfield meat dealer, who is said. 
to have departed to parts unknown, without 
paying his bills. It is rumored that farmers 
in other towns have suffered in like manner 
by the same party. 

Our veteran potato-grower. Mr. J. D. 
Brown, planted his first acre of potatoes last 

Mr. H. Rosenwald purchased several lots: 
of tobacco in town last week. Price reported. 
about 12c. through for seed leaf. 

The spring term of Smith Academy com- 
menced last week Wednesday, with about 
the usual number of students. 

At a Parish meeting held the 3d inst, it 
was voted to authorize the Parish Committer 
to repaint the church. The adjourned town- 
meeting held the same day passed off mor& 
quietly than was expected. There was a. 
small breese started among the old members 
of the Library Committee, which was quietly 
set down upon by the meeting, after three of: 
their number had been re-elected. 

At the annual church meeting held ott 
Fast-day, the following officers were chosen : 
Dea. James Porter, clerk; Dea. Alpheus 
Cowles, treasurer ; Dea. Porter was also re- 
elected Deacon for the term of four years ; 
A. H. Graves, supt. of the Sabbath-school,. 
G. A. Billings, assistant supt. ; Oscar Belden. 
and G. A. Billings, church committee. 

Easter Sunday service was held in Acade- 
my Hall by Father Barry for the accommo- 
dation of his Catholic parishioners in this 
town. The Congregational Church was beau- 
tifully decorated with flowers on Easter Sun- 

ll mo.ij ':i jopwistn no.C no nos-oduit iou si 'ssiuvji ! ' 

There have been several sales of real estate 
in town this month. Levi L. Pease lias 
bought the Orsamus Marsh farm at the upper 
end' of Main street, price $6,200. F. 11. 
Oardwell has bought five acres of land in 
East Division of Theodore Baggs. John Ryan 
has bought seven acres in North Meadow, 
long lots. 

" Neighbor Jackwood" had a full house on 
Thursday evening; the play worked smoothly 
and the actors performed their parts well. 

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Flagg, Jr., of Guilford, 
Vt., are visiting their numerous relatives and 
friends in this town and vicinity. 

The young ladies of the "Real Folks" pro- 
vided a dinner as usual in the vestry, for the 
accommodation of the voters at the annual 
town meeting on Monday, which was well 
patronized. fcL 

The trustees of Smith Academy h tigf their 
annual meeting March 18. All the (H&\offi- 
eers were re-elected. The financial a ffijfef 
the institution were shown to be in a heHp 
condition, the several funds now amounting 
to the sum of $78,501. 

The annual printed reports of the select- 
men, assessors, treasurer and school committee 
show a marked improvement in some respects 
lover any previous document of the kind that 
has been issued. The addition of a report 
[from the town clerk giving a resume of the 
I vital statistics and business of that office, 
would make the annual reports still more 
perfect and valuable. 

; Rev. E. G. Cobb of Florence preached here 
last Sabbath, in exchange with Rev. R. M. 


Our farmers have begun their spring work 
in earnest. In order to expect good crops, 
they realize the importance of dealing liber- 
ally with the soil in the way of manure and 
fertilizers. The following are some of the 
fertilizers that will be used this year. Our 
soils being generally deficient in lime, it is 
I thought that the most economical way of sup- 
plying this deficiency is by the use of lime 
ikiln ashes, which are largely made up of 
lime. Their effect upon the soil is to make a 
growth of tobacco that will burn with a white 
|ash, which is now considered an essential 
! quality in leaf by manufacturers of cigars. 
! Several carloads of lime ashes will be used 
for this purpose. Tobacco stems will also be 
i largely used. The theory of their value is 
1 founded on the fact that they must restore to 
I the soil the elements of fertility in nearly the 
I same proportions that they have been taken 
from the soil by previous crops of tobacco. 
They are valuable in growing potatoes and 
j grass because of the large amount of lime 
and potash they contain. Cotton-seed meal 
is rich in nitrogen and phosphoric acid, and is 
thought to impart a rich color and glossy surface 
to the leaf, and will be largely used on the to- 
bacco fields. Canada ashes have proved val- 
uable for corn and grass and will be used to 
some extent. Various manufactures of fer- 
tilizers will also be used to give the crops a 
start, as the farmers say. The glory of Peru- 
vian guano has departed since the valuable 
deposits of the Chincha Islands, once so fa- 
mous, have loug since been exhausted, and 
the poor substitutes sold at high prices to 
farmers, are not worth their cost, being infe- 
rior to some of the manufactured fertilizers 
that can be obtained at a less cost per ton. 


We understand that the Co-operative Cream- 
ery is giving general satisfaction to the farm- 
ers who patronize it. Several of them re- 
ceived over $100 each for cream furnished 
last month. The creamery is a very popular 
institution with the ladies, hecause it relieves 
them from the hard work and care of making' 
and marketing; the butter. Superintendent 
Wells has frequent calls to lecture upon the 
creamery system beyond the county limits. 
His last lecture was given in Granby, Conn. 
Miss Kate Fairbank, a sister of Mrs. R. 
M. Woods of this town, and her cousin. Miss 
Ruby Harding, have appointments as teach- 
ers in the seminary for girls in Ahmednuggur, 
India. These young ladies were born in that 
country, their parents being missionaries of 
the American Board. Their knowledge of 
the Mahratta language, obtained when they 
were children, will be of great advantage to 
them in teaching the natives of that populous 
land. They expect to take their departure 
for this field of labor next May. 

The snow-storm of last Tuesday accumu- 
lated with uncommon rapidity, between the 
hours of 6 and 10 P. M. Wednesday morn- 
ing we found ourselves pretty effectuall} 1 
snowed in with about two feet of light, feath- 
ery snow. The first labor of breaking out 
the roads was not difficult. The strong wind 
of Friday has drifted the snow badly in some 

Allow us to suggest the propriety of form- 
ing a county historical society with headquar- 
ters in Northampton. That town contains 
gentlemen of culture and influence whose 
leadership in such an organization would in- 
I sure its success. The advantages of such a 
county society are very obvious to all who 
feel interested in developing and collecting 
the valuable records and documents so liable 
to become scatteied and lost. Franklin and 
Berkshire counties have such societies, in suc- 
cessful operation for a number of years, and 
their meetings are very attractive and useful 
in cultivating a taste for historical investiga- 

Another heavy snow-storm on Saturday 
night blockaded the roads and sidewalks, 
rendering it very uncomfortable in trying to 
get about on Sunday. The amount of snow- 
fall during the week was over three feet. In 
some cases, roofs are heavily weighted with 
snow which, if not speedily removed, will 
endanger their safety. • There has been no 
such body of snow on the ground here since 
1873. ' 

During the past week many people have 
been filling their ice-houses. 

The Armory Hall Lyceum, on Tuesday 
night, will debate the question, " Resolved, 
That the morals of New England people are 
on the decline." A serious question, certain- 
ly, and worthy of thoughtful consideration 
in every town. There will be an oyster sup- 
| per at Armory Hall on Thursday evening, for 
the benefit of the lyceum. The public are 
invited. Tickets 50 cents a couple. 

The year 1857 is remembered as being re- 
markable for its great snow-storm. A storm 
the first week in January of that year was so 
heavy that it took sixteen hours to get an ex- 
press train through from Springfield to Bos- 
ton. The snow-drifts were so deep late in 
March of that year that in many places the 
roads were impassable. 

IN MiCm.u ivia^j-«""' ■ 

There is a time lor ^« ff£<J . 
a time to garner "Pj^d "'Jf ves ' 
so too a time for «»ch otj«e. 

To end the ions, long pilgrimage. 
TJi^s ocean crossed, an anchor lay 
;' 1(1 met rest, till break. .day 

H s socU.'l s ) rit warmed the heart, 
A hoUer love he'd fain impart. 

Thrice welcome was the^WMg flight, 
r>™i'« nponle Ion" were his ueiiKiu, 

with parnestness of soul his plea, 
That richer harvests we might see; 
That o SS 2nd young be ^thered in 
Ttiat God's word prove a deck to am. 
To service of the trusting one, 
On- God wiU add the living Sun, 



The Trustees and the Hate of Interest 
/ on Loans. 

There will no doubt be a contest for the 
position of president of the board of trustees , 
which will maiiage the future of Smith Char- 
ities, and in their selection the eight electors 
have an important duty to perform. If one 
town has any claim above another for consid- 
I eration in the management of the charities, 
i what more proper than the town from which 
'the funds came originally? Oliver Smith, 
the giver of the charities, as is well known, 
accumulated the money in Hatfield, where he 
was born, lived, died and was buried. Be- 
cause of its low rates of taxation, this same 
town has received far less from these funds 
than an}' other of the eight towns. These 
considerations aside, we are confident that 
there are citizens in that town who are as well 
fitted by natural ability, education, financial 
knowledge and practical judgment as any 
from the other towns. 

In our opinion, there are other important 
things to be considered relating to their future 
management. The towms interested will be 
fortunate indeed if they are as ably and hon- 
estly managed in the future as they have beeu 
in the past. The results we now see in the 
rapid accumulations at compound interest, 
quadrupling the original sum bequeathed. 
After all, is it right, is it just to the people 
and the funds to continue the squeezing out 
process, taking the last dollar from the hard 
earnings of the farmers and husiness men 
who, during the last ten years, have lived to 
see their property depreciate in value fifty 
and seventy-five per cent, and even more; 
honest and intelligent men, struggling in the 
forlorn hope of holding on to the old home- 
stead? There are some painful and stubborn 
facts in this connection, which stare thought- 
ful men in the face. While the savings 
banks have the interests of their depositors 
to look after, they are justitied in getting the 
best rates of interest possible, but half of the 
savings banks of the state have been com- I 
pelled to reduce their rates of interest to five 
per cent, in order to keep their money loaned 
out during the past year. 

In the light of these facts, is it good policy 
to keep up the rate of interest to six per cent 
pn all loans on real estate securities, and to 
. invest the accumulations of monev in Govt 
loonds, paying only three per cent? We 
I claim that such a policy is suicidal to the best 
interests of the towns concerned and unjust 
to their citizens who are borrowers from the 
charity funds. Reasons were given in the Ga- 
zette about a yemvago why this rate of inter- 
est should be reduced to five per cent at that 
time. To show the soundness of the policy 
suggested, about one-half the savings banks 
pt the state have since adopted a similar pol- 
icy, borne of the best loans in Smith Char- 
ities, in the meantime, have been carried 
away and taken by savings banks at 5 per 
|Cent and we understand that a large amount 
|of money has been accumulated in conse- 
quence, now on deposit in the national banks 
and paying not over 3 per cent per annum! 
|lt certainly is against the interest of the 
towns to allow these accumulations to be 
invested in Govt, bonds, which are not tax- 
able, and besides pay but a small interest A 
redaction of the rate of interest to five per 
cent in towns where Smith Charities have 
large amounts of money loaned, would raise 
[the value ol real estate and so strengthen the 
securities held, and at the same time relieve 
ithe borrowers and encourage them with a 
better prospect of paying the principal. 
Therefore the following desirable benefits 
would be accomplished by such policy 

First, All the funds could be readily loaned 
at five per cent on good solid securities. 

becond, Hie securities now held would be 
'strengthened by such a bolicy; the real es- 
tate increased in value. 

Third, Mortgagors could feel that justice 
had been done them and they would take hold 
with new life to pay principal and interest. 
> fourth, As all such loans are taxable, their 
increase adds more to the funds to be taxed 
in each of the eight towns. son 



In sentencing a murderer to death, Judge John 
Stone, of California, made use of the following lan- 
guage: "I would not be the owner of agroggery, for 
the price of this globe converted into precious gold- 
en ore." 

I would not own a groggery, 

Nor keep a liquor store. 
For all the value of the globe 

In precious golden ore. 

I would not deal the poison cup 

To damn my fellow-men. 
And turn their happy, peaceful homes 

Into the drunkard's den. 

I would not sell the poisoned dram, 

To raise the murderer's kuife, 
To make a maddened drunkard seek 

To take his brother's life. 

I would not dwell in wealth and ease 

Through such ill-gotten gain, 
And know of wives' and children's cries, 

Of tears ami prayers in vain. 

I would not meet the Judgment Day, 

And God's approval crave. 
And face the many thousands there 

Who tilled the drunkard's grave. 

I I would not vote for lioeose laws, 

And thus protect the trade; 
Lest at the judgment seat of God 
Guilty with him I'm made. 

Sooner than keep a liquor shop, 

I'd beg from door to door, 
Or die an honest pauper, 

To be numbered with God's poor. 


The town schools will commence the spring 
term* this week. 

Jacob Carl haft 'bought two lots of land in 
Little Meadow. Thaddeus Graves has bought 
two lots of 20 acres each under Horse Moun- 

The adjourned town meeting was held 
Monday, April 3d. 

Last week was too cold to work tobacco 
beds. The weather Sunday was more balmy 
and springlike. 

Two new two-horse Concord wagons were 
brought into town last week, by L. L. Pease 
and J. Carl. Fred Pease has a span of tine 
horses brought into town by A. S. Jones & 
Sons, from Canada. Quite a nujnber of new 
horses have been shown on the street, recent 
purchases, some of them fine steppers, and 
said to be fast. 

The following children have attended school 
the entire year without being absent or tardy : 
Eddie Warner, Lida Kingsley, Hattie Kings- 
ley, Harrj' Howard, Fred Howard, Grace 
Marsh, Henry Carl, Adeline Remillard, Delia 

President Jonathan D. Porter celebrates the 
thirtieth anniversary of his marriage this 
Tuesday evening. That many years of hap- 
piness and prosperity may be his to enjoy is 
the wish of his many friends. 

Thoughtful people are being more pro- 
foundly impressed with the importance of 
our public schools : and the recent agitation 
of questions which affect the welfare of our 
schools, in the town meeting and outside, 
ought to result in better schools and a higher 
standard of attainment. When the best, 
wisest and most experienced citizens are se- 
lected to make up the board of school com- 
mittee whose duty it is to select teachers, and 
when so selected by them according to their 
best judgment, without prejudice or favor, 
parents, guardians and all good citizens ought 
to co-operate with them and the teachers 
selected if good schools are desirable. It is 
important to have good teachers in every 
school, teachers trained for that calling, fertile 
in resources to enforce good government, in- 
terest and instruct children. The law against 
truancy ought to be enforced ; to this end, the 
town has adopted a system of by-laws in con- 
formity with the public statutes, appointing 
truant officers and providing a place where 
truant children can be locked up and punish- 
ed. There appears to be a strong pressure 
among parents to get their children into the 
Academy while yet too young to get the full 
benefit of its supposed higher advantages; 
this certainly is a mistake and will work to 
the disadvantage of the town schools by draw- 
ing away their best scholars at too early an 
age. It is now understood that it will be a 
more difficult matter in the future for appli- 
cants under twelve years of age to pass the 
ordeal for admission to the Academy. This 
idea of fixing a higher standard for admission 
it is thought will be an added stimulus to the 
scholars and result in the improvement of the 
common schools. 


I 'T was on a bitter winters dav, 
1 saw a strange, pathetic sight; 
The streets were gloomy, cold, and gray, 
The air with falling snow was white. 

A little ragged beggar child 

Wi'iit running through the cold and storm; 
He looked as if he never amllcd. 

As if he never had been warm. 

Sudden, lie spied beneath his feet 

A faded buiton-hole bouquet- 
Trampled and wet with rain and sleet 

Withered and worthless, there it lay'. 
He bounded, seized it with delight, 

Mood still and shook it free from snow- 
Into his coat he pinned it tight.— 

His eyes lit up with sudden glow. 

He sauntered on, all pleased and proud, 
Mis face transformed in .every line* 

And lingered that the hurrying crowd 
Might chance to see that he was tine. 

The man who threw the flowers away 
Never one half such pleasure had; 

The flowers best work was done that day 
In cheering up that beggar lad. 

Ah me, too often we forget, 
Happy in these good homes of ours. 

How many in this world are yet 
(Had even of the withered flowers! 


We have been without a pastor 

Some eighteen months or more, 
And though candidates are plenty- 

We've heard at least a score, 
All of them " tip top " preachers, 

Or so their letters ran — 
And yet we can't exactly hit 

Upon;a proper man ! 

The flrst who came among us 

13y no means was the worst, 
But then v/e dldn'tjthink of him, 

Because he was the first; 
It being quite the custom 

To sacrifice a few 
Before the church in earnest 

Determines what 

There was a smart young fellow 

With serious, earnest way, 
Who but for one great blunder 

Had surely won the day : 
Who left so good impression, 

On Monday one or two 
Went, round among the people 

To see if he would do. 

The pious, godly portion 

Had not a fault to find ; 
His clear and searching preaching 

They thought the very kind. 
And all went smooth and pleasant 

Until they heard the views 
Of some influential sinners 

Who rent the highest pews. 

On these his pungent dealing 

Made but a sorry hit; 
The cost of gospel teaching 

Was quite too tight a lit; 
Of course his fate was settled. 

Attend ye, parsons all, 
And preach to please the sinners, 

If you would get a call ' 

Next came a spruce young dandy 

Who wore his hair too long; 
Another's coat was shabby 

And his voice not over strong; 
And one New Haven student 

Was worse than all of those— 
We couldn't here the sermon 

For thinking of his nose. 

Then wearying of candidates, 

We looked the country through, 
Mid doctors and professors 

To And one that would do; 
And after much discussion 

On who should bear the ark, 
With tolerable agreement 

We fixed on Dr. Park. 

Hore then we thought it settled, 

But were amazed to find 
Our flattering invitation 

Respectfully declined. 
We turned to Dr. Hopkins 

To help us in the lurch, 
Who strangely thought that college 

Had claims above " our church." 

Next we dispatched committees 

By twos and threes, to urge 
The labors for a Sabbath 

Of the Kev. Shallow Splurge. 
He came. A marked sensation— 

So wonderful his style- 
Followed the creaking of his boots 

As he passed up the aisle. 

His tones were so affecting, 

His gestures so divine, 
A lady fainted in the hymn 

Beiore the second line. 
And on that day he gave us, 

In accents clear and loud, 
The greatest prayer was e'er addressed 

To an enlightened crowd. 

He preached a double sermon, 

And gave us angel's food 
On such a lovely topic : 

" The Joys of Solitude," 
All full of sweet descriptions 

Of flowers and purling streams, 
Of warbling birds and moonlit groves, 

And golden sunset beams, 

Of faith and true repentance 

He nothing had to say ; 
He rounded all the corners 

And smoothed the rugged way ; 
Managed with great adroitness 

To entertain and please, 
And leave the sinner's conscience 

Completely at its ease. 

Eight hundred is the salary 

We gave in former days ; 
We thought it very liberal, 

And found it hard to raise ; 
But when we took the paper 

We had no need to urge 
To raise a cool two thousand 

For tho Kev. Shallow Splurge. 

In vain were all our efforts, 

We had no chance at all ; 
V. * found ten city churches 

Had given him a call ; 
And he in prayful waiting 

Was keeping all in tow ; 
But where they bid the highest, 

'Twas whispered, he would go. 

And now, good Christian brothers, 

We ask your earnest prayers, 
That God would send a shepherd 

To guide our church affairs— 
With this clear understanding, 

A man to meet our views 
Must preach to please the sinners, 

And till the vacant pews. 


The assessors have finished their work, and 
the rate of taxation will be $7.30, a little 
higher than last year, owing to the loss of 
between $40,000 and $50,000 interest money. 
The rate last year was $0.40, and $4.50 in 

The insolvent estate of Marshall N. Hub- 
bard has been settled, with a dividend of 48 
cents on a dollar. 

The town schools will close this week. 

The graduation exercises at Smith Academy 
will be held Tuesday evening. 

A large portion of the hay crop will be in 

the barn on the first of July. The long-con- 

! tinued drought has enabled the farmers to 

! make hay rapidly, and to secure it in perfect 


The drought begins to tell on the wells and 
springs. They were never before known to 
be so short of water in June. There is con- 
solation in the thought that the " rain wave," 
which started in California and has moved 
gradually eastward as far as Ohio, may reach 
us in its progress, furnishing an abundance 
of water as it has elsewhere. Its advent hero 
will be gladly welcomed by man and beast. 

The daily routine of farm labor in this the 
busy season of the year furnish but scanty 
items that will be of interest to the general 
reader, who has lived the past month on a 
diet of startling surprises of official dishon- 
esty, steamboat collisions, and siich as lias 
been furnished by the great national conven- 
tions held at Chicago and Cincinnati. We 
rejoice at the outcome of both. Good men 
are nominated by both the great political par- 
tics for the highest office in the gift of the 
' jxjoplc. ^^^ 


Smith Academy has a larger number of stu- 
dents in attendance, than at any previous 
spring term since its organization. 

Father Carroll of Northampton, held Easter 
services at 9 A. M. last Sabbath, for the 
Catholic people of this town. Academy Hall 
was beautifully arranged and decorated with 
evergreens and flowers for the occasion. The 
hall was well filled. 

The new factory of C. S. Shattuck is well 
started; the Bartlett Brothers of Whately 
have the building contract. The building 
will be one hundred feet long and three sto- 
ries high, heated with steam, generated by a 
thirty horse power boiler, and the whole to 
be lighted with gas. The building will be 
very thoroughly and substantially construct- 
ed, and with its new shafting, machinery, 
and all the improved appointments, will be 
first class. 

Should the present cold weather continue 
much longer, the farmers will be late in start- 
ing the spring work. It is remarked that 
the floods formerly so regular, that over- 
flowed the meadows in the spring, have not 
occurred for several years ; the effect is no- 
ticeable in the greatly diminished amount of 
hay cut in Indian Hollow, and other low 
lands, whose fertility depended upon these 
annual overflows, which left a deposit of fer- 
tilizing material. The most notable flood 
occurred about the 20th of April, in the year 
1862 ; at that time the weather was remark- 
ably clear and hot for three days so that the 
great body of snow at the time in Vermont 
and New Hampshire was so rapidly melted, 
that the Connecticut river rose to a height 
never before known in the annals of the 
town, the water overflowed the lower part of 
Main street, and came up to a point in the 
street opposite the church. Three-fourths of 
the cellars, m Main street, were more or less 
filled with ws&er. The flood of water made 
a clean sweep oyer the North and South 
meadows, forming a y&at lake and leaving 
but little land in sight. The good effects of 
the flood were seen in the increased fertility of 
the meadow lands for several years alter- 
war ds. 


I When diphtheria is prevailing, no child 
should be allowed to kiss strange chil- 
dren nor those suffering from sore throat 
(the disgusting custom of compelling 
Children to kiss every visitor is a well- 
bontrived method of propagating other 
grave diseases than diphtheria); nor 
should it sleep with nor be confined to 
ooms occupied bv or* use art ; cles, as 
toys, taken in the mouth, handkerchief, , 
etc., belonging to children having sore 
throat, croup, "or catarrh, If the weath- 
er is cold, the child should be warmly 
clad witli flannels. 

When the great Jonathan Edwards was 
< out riding one day a little boy opened a gate 

for him. "Whose boy are you, my little 
I man? " asked the great theologian. "Noah 

Clark's boy. sir," was the answer. On the 
I return of Edwards soon after, the same boy 

appeared and opened the gate for him again. 

I The great theologian thanked him, and asked : 
["Whose boy are you, my little man?" 

" Noah Clark's- boy, sir; the same man's boy 

I I was a quarter of an hour ago, sir." . 


In compliance with the vote passed at the 
last annual town meeting, the selectmen have 
promptly completed the improvements they 
were instructed to make on the Northampton 
road by carting about 2,000 loads of harden- 
ing material, which will make a firmer road- 
bed from a point near the house of H. S. 
Porter to Banks Corner, a distance of one 
mile. This section of the road has been in 
bad condition every summer for several years. 
The social event of last week was a party 
given by Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Wells. Their 
large house was filled 'with their friends in 
response to the invitations given out. 

Among our present wants is a good country 
store on Main street. Since the closing out 
of R. Billings' store at the south end of Main 
street one year ago, there has been no store 
kept in this part of the town, a condition of 
things not previously known in the memory 
of the oldest inhabitants. In the mean time 
our good people are not allowed to suffer for 
such necessaries of life as are supplied by the 
merchants, Mr. Howard on the Hill, Mr. 
Martin of North Hatfield, and at least two 
firms in Northampton, kindly take orders and 
send teams to deliver goods from door to door. 
One hundred and fifty years ago Obadiah 
Dickinson kept a store where W. H. Dickin- 
son now lives, and ever since that time there 
has been from one to three stores in more or 
less successful operation on Main street until 
within a short time. Previous to the Revo- 
lutionary war, Benedict Arnold sold goods to 
Hatfield Merchants. West India rum appears 
to be a large factor in the old bills of lading. 
Most of the heavy goods were taken" by boats 
from Saybrook up the Connecticut river. 

Death of Mrs. Geo. H. Burrows. 

A loving, precious, useful life closed this 
morning at 6.30, Mary E., wife of George 
H. Burrows, Superintendent of the Western 
Division of the Central Hudson railroad, 
having died at the family residence, 39 Sophia 
street, after an illness of a severe character, 
of only a few days, although for a year or 
two her health had been impaired. The 
summons came not fully unexpected, and she 
passed into rest in the hope of a glorious im- 
mortality. Mrs. Burrows was 54 years of 
age. She had lived a life full of noble deeds, 
the poor and the suffering having always 
found a friend in her. A devoted aud affec- 
tionate wife, a fond, loving mother, her hus- 
band and children— a son and daughter — her 
idols, her home the center of all that yvas 
pure and worth living for, she could have 
lived for those dear to her ; but it was other- 
wise ordered, and her departure leaves a void 
never to be tilled. The skill of emiuent 
physicians, the devotion of a fond husband, 
the prayers of the children were in vain, but 
the recompense is in a blessed name, a life 
well lived. Mrs. Burrows was a native of 
Northampton, Mass., where her father, Gen. 
B. E. Cook, aud two or three sisters reside. 
She had been married over thirt}' years and 
first became a resident of this city twenty- 
nine years ago. The remains will be con- 
veyed to Northampton for interment on the 
First Atlantic, Tuesday afternoon, at 435. 
Prayer will be had at the house at 3.15. The 
sympathy of all friends is extended to the 
bereaved family. — Rochester Express. 



Elbridge Kingsley, a Dative of this town, 
artist and engraver for the "Scribners," has 
located his peculiar movable summer-house 
at present on the margin of the Capawonk, 
about one mile, as the river runs, above Shat- 
tuck's factory. The point selected is quite 
retired and convenient for work, and for 
sketches of water and foliage, in which the 
region abounds. 

The subject of Rev. R. M. Woods' morning 
sermon last Sabbath was the "Prodigal Son's 
Brother," wherein he gave some new and 
pointed delineations of character, with a 
moral that no one could mistake. 

Mrs. W. H. Dickinson is visiting relatives 
in Stamford, Ct. Dea. G. W. Hubbard and 
wife have returned from their trip to Rome, 
N. Y. 

Nature has remained in statu quo during 
the past week. All kinds of plants, even 
weeds, seemed to wait, hesitating what to do 
next. A few days like Sunday will make 
amends and decide the question of progress. 
Marvels of growth and change will soon be 
shown from day to day. "The seed-time 
and the harvest " are a sure promise that 
never have failed us in the years that are 

Among those in this town who make efforts 
to beautify and adorn their grounds with 
flowers, none are more successful than Dea. 
D. W. Wells. His hyacinths and tulips are 
now in their glory. 

The weather of the past month, unusual 
for the season, has had the effect of develop- 
ing a number of cases of rheumatism and 

malaria. __=__ 

The winter term of the academy and town 
schools commences this week. But few 
changes have been made among the teachers 
ot the town schools. Teachers arc assigned 
to the seven schools as follows:— Miss Marv 
Waite and Miss Lilla Peck to the Center 
schools, Miss Carrie Warner and Miss Carrie 

West Hatfield, Miss Mary Dodge to North 
Hatfield Depot and Miss Nellie Waite to 
North Hatfield Farms. 

There have been several narrow escapes 
from fires in town during the past two weeks 
one on Sunday evening, from the overturning 
ot a kerosene lamp, when no one was present 
except children; one of them had the pres- 
ence of mind to throw a blanket over the 
flames, which effectually smothered the fire 
and prevented serious results. The two other 
instances were the results of the careless 
practice ot storing ashes in flour barrels in or 
neai buildings; by their timely discovery 
serious conflagrations were prevented. Had 
the buildings in the two latter instances been 
destroyed by fire, the cause would have been 
ascribed to incendiaries. 
: There have been several sales of real estate 
m town. Jacob Carl has sold 14 acres of 
land to J. Smith and P. Carl, for $2,000. 
r ?r i"^ 18 Sltuat r ed southwesterly from the 
Hatfield depot Several other sales of mead- 
ow land have been reported. 

hnM a ; h ? r P anyof . No, * tham P ton Proposes to 
hold religious services at Academy Hall once 
a month during the winter, and not oriy 
once during the winter, as printed in the Ga- 
zette last week. 


The Farmers' Institute at Southampton. 

The people of Southampton did themselves 
great credit by the ample provision made to 
supply the wants of the "inner man" at the 
Farmers Institute of the three counties' Agri- 
cultural Society held in that town on Satur- 
day last. The fair ladies of the town graced the 
occasion by their presence to a considerable 
number. The successful manner in which the 
whole program of entertainment in the Hall I 
and the church was carried out, the pleas- 
ant welcome, and kindly hospitalities, will 
be cherished by all those from other towns 
who were ( sq fortunate as to attend this nota- 
ble gathering of farmers. We called on our 
friend Mr. F. K. Sheldon, inspected his mod- 
el barn, well kept premises and thorough- 
bred stock of Shorthorns and Jerseys, which, 
in their comfortable quarters, made a fine 
display. We met there on a similar errand, 
farmers from Northampton, Hotyoke, Chico- 
bee, Sunderland, Hadley and Hatfield. Our 
time being limited we were unable to visit 
other farmers. Our day at Southampton will 
be held in pleasant remembrance. 

It has been proposed by some of our en- 
terprising young men to bring the center of 
Hatfield into communication with the out- 
side world by a line of telephone wire, run- 
ning from the depot to Shattuck's factory 
and thence to some central point on Main 
street. It is expected that this enterprise 
will be in successful operation at an early day. 


The storm of last Thursday night did not 
prevent the friends of the Lyceum to the 
number of seventy-five, from carrying out 
their programme of an oyster supper at Arm- 
ory Hall, closing with a dance. The Lyceum 
on luesday evening will debate the question- 
Resolved, that the educational system of fifty 
years ago, was better than the present 

The play of Uncle Tom's Cabiu is advertised 
lor exhibition by a traveling company at 
Academy Hall Friday evening of this week. 

I he regular meeting of the P. of H. held 
* H! e LT se of S - G ' Hubbard on the evening 
of the 6th inst. was fully attended. The ex- 
ercises were of a literary character, compris- 
ing essays and select readings by ladies and 
gentlemen previously appointed. The next 
meeting the evening of the 20th inst. to be 
held at the house of W. H. Dickinson, Esq 
promises to be of a highly interesting charac- 
ter, in tact an event in social circles. 

The lecture given in the church last Thurs- 
day evening by Rev. Mr. Stocking, a native 
of Oroomiah, Persia, was made very interest- 
ing and instructive by his introduction of six 
ladies and gentlemen dressed in oriental cos- 
tumes and further illustrated by numerous 
pictures, articles of dress, utensils, and im- 
plements of war, which added much to Convey 
a true idea of the manner and customs of the 
people who inhabit that interesting land 

rhe excellent sermon of Pastor Woods last 
habbath invited the attention of his people as 
he most touchingly delineated the teachings of 
the Divine Master as adopted to all condi- 
tions ot humanity. The annual sale of pews 
in January made a more than usual change 
from one part of the church to another of 

m Father Barry of Northampton held services 
in Academy Hall last Sabbath, to accommo- 
date his numerous people in this town. 


Collector Doane means business in collect- 
ing the taxes for last year., He gives notice 
elsewhere of what he will do, and when he 
will do it. 

The severe and continuous cold weather of 
the past two months and the great body of 
snow sadly interferes with the progress of all 
kinds of business in which farmers are inter- 

The local grange is in a highly prosperous 
condition. Several prominent names have 
been added to its membership. Its aims arc 
partly for social and intellectual culture. 

The deatli of Ruth D. Hubbard, wife of 
Israel W. Billings, Esq., of Dcerfield, last 
week, was saddening news to her numerous 
relatives and friends in Hatfield. She was an 
exemplary Christian, a kind and affectionate 
wife and mother, and was loved by all who 
knew her. We feel that she is ' ' not lost but 
gone before" to her reward in the better land. 
Her life and example are a rich legacy to her 

Mr. Douglas S. Hubbard, of New York, is 
looking up the genealogies of the descendants 
of George Hubbard, of Wcathersfield and 
Guilford, Ct. George was born in England, 
1595. His son John was among the first set- 
tlers in Hadley; he was allotted house lot 
No. 9, on the east side of the street. He left 
it to his son Daniel and removed to Hatfield 
about 1683, where he remained the last twen- 
ty years of his life with his son Isaac. The 
descendants of John include all the Hubbards. 
who afterwards settled in Western Massachu- 
setts, Vermont and New Hampshire. Mr. 
D. S. Hubbard's collection numbers over 3,000 
branches of Hubbards, largely in Connecticut, 
They are massed in form of an immense tree, 
with its numerous branches of Hubbards, 
with place and date of birth and death, to 
whom married. When complete this family 
tree will be photographe d. 

The tenement house of Mr. h. S. Bliss, sit- 
faa/ted at the ferry, was burned at one o'clock 
;Sunday morniKg. The house has been uuoc- 
eupied since Nor. 27. The fire is supposed 
I to fee ike work of m incendiary. 

Mara. Wrn. B. Lang<2on entertained the La- 
, dies 4 Betserolent Society fast Thursday after- 
I noon. These meetings s*;e usually held at 
I the house of some member of the society 
once irt two weeks. The "Re&l Folks" and 
" Gleaners " are txro societies of y&ung ladies 
and misses, organized for benevolent purposes. 
Alt are well sa&tained., &ad in union anjk har- 
mony- are doing a good woxk. 

Mr. Win. Barnes is fewm m jjuror for the 
December term of the superior «eurt. 

Mr. A. Michelson of Gonu, mu in town' 
last week, atid purchased some four «r five I 
lots of tobacco in the bundle. Mr. 6L K 
Norton will superintend the assorting 'Wi 
Q^ing of the tobacco. 

j£$£ nothing better is suggested as to the ' 
plopped meeting of the Gazette correspond- 
ents- sc ( #nxiously desired by a number of the 
Crater^lly, we would propose the day of the 
®m\iaVfp&fpig of the Hampshire, Hampden I 
>an<fi 'SSjmWfp- Agricultural Society; time, 10 
.o'clo^:,A v jM. '„pte&, the Gazette office; when 
rjmr <^eemeo* , Pja'^tfjeld correspondent, as 


;ihe ,Qni$&al ^Ygptpr^r /die idea, should be 
master qf ^remomes; v ftdd4hqn if he should 

Mettle .Qjtf^t G^ere, ^$1^11 be able to 
ea|l the.foU of l^m^e^.^ylio^wouk;,,^ doubt, 
fee all present in the editbr)W 'sanctum. Phm 
what streviation;! fa ^qu^d/require atfl'Sut 
the pencil 4JU J%jt ;tP ,do $ e . siibject "jn'stfee ' 

The Poet and the Children. 

With a glory of winter sunshine 

Over his locks of gray, 
In the old historic mansion 

He sat on his last birthday, 

^Jf'fi? b . 00ks &na Peasant pictures 
And his household and his kin, 

While a sound as of myriads singing 
From far and near stole in. * 

It came from his own fair city 

from the prairie's boundless plain. 
From the Golden Gate of sunset 
And the cedar woods of Maine. 
And his heart grew warm within him 
T^ a ,ll 1 1S moi l stemn ff eye grew dim, 
For he knew his country's children 
V\ ere singing the songs of him : 

The lays of his life's glad morning, 
™i he P salms of his evening time 
Whose echoes shall float forever 

On the winds of every clime. 
All their beautiful consolations, 

Sent forth like birds of cheer, 
Uiine nocking back to his windows 

And sang in the Poet's ear. 

Grateful, but solemn and tender, 

rhe music rose and fell 
With a joy akin to sadness 

And a greeting like farewell. 
With a sense of awe he listened 

lo the voices sweet and young- 
1 he last of earth and the first of Heaven 

beemed in the songs they sung. 
And waiting a little longer 

For the wonderful change to come 
He heard the Summoning Aniel ' 

That calls God's children home! 
And to him, in a holier welcome 

VVas the mystical meaning given 
Of the words of the blessed Master- 
Of such is the kingdom of Heaven 
-■-=.— — — Tu_M:idc A 
What I Have Seeiir~ 

I have seen a young man sell a good 
turn merchant, and die in an insane asylum. 
tbl^wJ een a i; l rmer travel about so much 
Uiatr WUS mg at home worth looking 

| , I have reen a man spend more money in folly 
tnan would support his family ia comfort and 
inaepen deuce. 

I have seen a man depart from truth when 
candor and veracity would have served him a 
much better purpose. 
I have seen a young girl marry a young man 

lived ' and repent il aS i0D S M ™ 

X have seen the extravagance and folly of chil- 
ai.u bring tneir parents to poverty and want, 
and themselves to disgrace, * 

rM-^Z b l 3r} f- a prudent aa ^ industrious wife 
retrieve the fortuues of a family, when her hus- 
band pulled at the other end of the rope. 

I have seen a young man who despised the 
council of the wise and advice of the good and 
his career was in poverty and wretchedness. 


O fling not this receipt away, 

Given by one, who trusted thee. 
Mistakes will happen every day, 
However honest folks may be. 
And sad it is. sure, twice, to pay- 
So, cast not this receipt away. 

Ah, yes ; if, at some future day, 
When we this bill have all forgot, 

They send it in again for pay, 
And say that we have paid it not, 

How sweet to know on such a day 

We've never cast receipts away. ~ 


Rev. Edward 8. Tead and family, settled 
at Cumberland Mills, near Portland, Me., 
have been spending a short vacation in town, 
at the house of Dea. J. S. Graves, father of 
Mrs. Tead. We were deprived of the privi- 
lege of hearing him preach while here be- 
cause of the condition of his health. His 
preaching has been blessed in the conversion 
of some forty adults, mostly heads of fami- 
lies, during the past six months. Mr. and 
Mrs. Tead have many warm friends in this 

Rev. H. W. Lathe and Rev. R. M. Woods 
exchanged pulpits last Sabbath. It was Mr. 
Lathe's first Sabbath in Hatfield. He preach- 
ed two excellent sermons and prodaced a 
very pleasant impression. We think the Old 
Church of Northampton have been very for- 
tunate in their selection of a pastor. 

Miss Ellen Miller of this town has spent 
most of the last six months in New York, 
much of the time at thfe Academy of Design, 
in the study of the fine arts, and perfecting 
herself in painting and drawing, in the latter 
of which she is quite an accomplished pro- 

The old saying, "there will be one white 
Sunday in May," — white with apple blossoms 
— has come but partially true this year, as the 
blossonis of winter apple trees will not be 
fully developed for several days yet, perhaps 
not until the first Sunday in June. 

The late condition of spring vegetation 
and- the long continued rainy weather has 
very much delayed the usual routine of farm 
work in May. Corn planted as usual the first 
week of the mouth, which generally comes 
up within two weeks after the planting, and 
is hoed the first time during the month, is 
now not yet above ground : in many instances, 
after four weeks' planting, some fields have 
been already harrowed over again and re- 
planted. It is feared tiiat much of the seed 
in other fields has rotted in the ground. Po- 
tatoes and peas are about the only seeds 
planted that have made their appearance 
above ground. There is a general complaint 
of failure with many kinds of early planted 
garden seeds. 


The Fall term of Smith Academy will 
commence this week Wednesday, with good 
prospects of a full school. Prof. Harding 
and his able assistants, will, no doubt, make 
it a successful one as usual. 

T he opening of the town schools will be 
deferred until Sept. 6; most of the old teach- 
ers are retained. . 

Some of the farmers are jubilant, having 
completed the harvest of an extra good crop 
of tobacco. 

The executive officers of the Creamery 
Company are fitting up the tenement house 
of W. C. Dickinson, on Main street, which 
was-formerly occupied by Caleb Dickinson, 
as the place to start the Creamery; and they 
are making it complete in its appointments 
for the expected business of the company. 

There have been, during the past two 
months, several cases of fever ague in the 
westerly part of the town near the line of the 
New Haven and Northampton railroad exca- 
vations. The town has been free from any- 
thing of the kind, arising from local causes, 
in previous seasons according to the memory 
of the oldest inhabitant. 



[At the annual meeting of ttie Rhode Island Press 
Association, Mr. E. P. Tobey, of the Providence 
Journal, read the following poem, in which he | 
happily illustrates the influence of the weekly 
The editor sat in his chair alone — 
A busier person there never was known— 
When in came a farmer, a jolly old soul, 
Whose name for long years had been Dome on the 

Of paying subscribers. He had come into town 
To bring his good wife and some farm produce 

And having a moment or two he could spare 
Had run in as usual, to bring in a share 
Of his own inward sunshine, to lighten the gloom 
Of the man of the press and his dull cheerless room. 
The editor's smile, as he lifted his eyes 
And saw who was there, was of joyful surprise; 
And he greeted his friend with a deal of glad zest, 
For a good chat with him was like taking a rest. 

When at length, the old farmer got ready to leave, 

He said, witn a sly little laugh in his sleeve, 

" My dear friend, there is one thing I just want to 

Now, please don't get vexed, for you know it's my 

But what makes you put in each paper you print 
So much that is worthless— do you take the hint? 
Well— petty misfortunes— and Jitile misdeeds— 
And lots of small matters that nobody reads." 
The editor looked at him square in the face, 
At first with a frown, then a smile took its place. 
"My dear friend," he replied, "I'm surprised you 

don't know 
Everv line in the paper is read— but it's so; 
And how, if you wish, I will make my words good, 
And prove what 1 say, as every man should. 
I'll put in the very next paper a line 
Or two about you— in coarse print or fine 
Whichever you choose, and just where you may 

And if you don't find on the very next day 
That your neighbors all read it, £ promise to give 
Free subscriptions to you, just as long as you live." 
"Agreed," said the farmer, "you shall sing a new 

Put it rig nt in the middle of one of those long 
Fine-type advertisements— I never yet knew 
Any person of sense to read one of those through; 
If 1 hear from it twice, I will bring down to you 
The best loan of garden sauce I ever grew." 
Then the "good days" Avere passed, and the far- 
mer went out, 
And tne editor laughed to himself without doubt, 
As he thought of his wager and how it would end, 
And the nice little joke he would have ou his friend; 
Then he wrote just two lines, and he ordered them 

In the smallest of type— thinking, " I'll win that 

And he placed them himself, to be sure and not fail, 
In the midst of a close agate real estate sale. 
For, to better succeed in his little desigus, 
He'd selected a place where to put these two lines 
And havf them connected with what followed and 

A sentence complete in itself, without break. 
These the lines that he wrote: "Our old friend, 

good James True, 
Who is one of the best men the world ever knew, 
Of the well-known Hope Farm"— that was all that he 

About -Tames, but the line next below these two 

" Will be sold very cheap,"— then went on to un- 
The beauties and bounds of the estate to be sold. 
The paper was printed. The next day but one, 
The farmer came in, with his eyes full of fun; 
" You have won," he began, " just as sure as you're 

bora ; 
Why, before I'd got breakfast ate yesterday morn, 
Two or three of my neighbors called, purpose to see 
What tuat meant in the paper they saw about me. 
(I hadn't seen it yet ) Then, during the day, 
Every neighbor that met me had something to say 
About my being sold. I wai sold very cheap, 
And you did it well, too; it was to good too keep 
So I've told the whole story, and come with all 

To bring you the garden sauce, as I agreed." 
The editor looked from his window and saw 
His friend had brought in all his horses could 

All for him; he declined to accept it, but; found 
That his friend would not listen, and was off with a 

Saying, cueerilly, as he went out—" In your next 
Just say Jim True's preaching, and this is his text : 
Tnere is naught in the paper— fruit, flowers or 

Not a line in the paper that nobo dy reads." 



The cold weather of the present mouth has 
Ibeen unfavorable for progress in some kinds 
of farm work. The farmers are later than 
ever before known in setting tobacco. Corn 
is very backward, some fields look very un- 
promising. Early planted potatoes look well 
and some fields are making a vigorous growth ; 
some complain that the tubers of the late 
planted ones to some extent rotted in the hill. 
Other crops that do not require a hot sun, are 
looking well. 

John Hastings, Esq., of Onondaga, who 
moved from Hatfield about 50 years ago to 
central New York, and his sister, Miss Sophia 
Hastings, are now on a visit here ; his ninety 
years appear to set lightly upon him, his 
nerves are steady and he still writes a beau- 
tiful hand. The people of Onondaga polled 
more than 1500 votes at the last Presidential 
election. Mr. Hastings is the town clerk and 
attends to all his duties as faithfully as any 
man sixty years younger, and besides does 
all the writing for the town assessors. Per- 
haps it is proper to say that he does not use 
tobacco, and is a remarkable example of 
what a temperate life and habits will do to 
keep up the health and vigor of body and 
mind. He says he must be home next Mon- 
day to meet the supervisors to draw jurymen 
and to complete his work of copying for the 

Mr. and Mrs. Dexter Allis of Springfield, 
who were married in Hatfield in 1824, arc 
visiting their children and friends here. Mr. 
Allis is in his 85th year and is another exam- 
ple of health and vigor in old age. 


A |lSSf- » Md mh £ V B « r kshlre Towns Suf- 
mess ° m a Stra,l « e and S«»<ldeu Sick- 

Adams was a place of mourning yesterday, 
for a mysterious sickness, and as sudden and 
severe as strange, fell upon the town Tuesday 
night, when over one-third of the population was 
stricken down with a violent form of cholera 
morbus. Strangely enough the sickness began 
m most cases about 10 o'clock in the evening 
7^Vf P r° ple r e , re attacfe ed with a dizzinesi 
and a feeling of deathly sickness, followed by 

X S h '^ and accompanied by a griping pain, 
which m some cases made the sufferers delirious. 
Most of the patients were better yesterday, 
though very weak, but some are still confied to 
™f £ e fc *f d fea - r . S ar ^ ^P^sed that there 
vS™ a Sn r ?? m ^ S - /^^ly was one of the 
victims, and Drs Burton and Holmes counted 

ZiZTtf ° CaSGS dupi °? the ni ^t, besides lots 
which they were unable to attend. In fact 

wh r l y f a ^ mily escaped > aM * some cafes 
Sri \Vn mi n?r re , P*»toated. Between 200 
and 300 mill hands and others were unable 
l?tpr?iit nd ^ yesterday, and the town was 
hterally . a sick-looking place, for yery few resi- 
dents escaped one phase of the epidemic. Some 

ri e ; f0 ™' and th e danger is now believed to 
At SvS" r + he i ai ? Se oJ L the sick ness is a mystery. 
At first it was believed to be an effort to poison 

™l ?h? w at6r S + Upply ' * ut maT ^ who do no? 
use the town water, including farmers, were 
sufferers; and this theory was |tm further dis- 
proved yesterday afternoon by the news that 
the disease had struck Savoy and other hfll 
1 T D T. Jt ?? now believed that the 

^tt^rt^l?'\ wea ^ v is a t the bottom 
of the trouble, though a difficulty in the wav of 
ITt 1 ^ tms , the ory is that North AdamI near 
by, has thus far wholly escaped. Adams has 
been generally considered a very healthy place 

Mad River in the White Mountains. 


Why dost thou wildly rush and roar, 

Mad River, O Marl Paver? 
Wilt thou not pause and cease to pour 
Tny hurrying, headlong waters o'er 

Tnis rocky shelf forever ? 

What secret trouble stirs thy breast ? 

Why all this fret and flurry ? 
Dost thou not know that what is best 
In this too restless world is rest 

From over-work and worry? 


What would'st thou in these mountains seek, 

O stranger from the city? 
Is it perhaps some foolish freak 
Of thine, to put the words I speak 

Into a plaintive ditty V 


Yes ; I would learn of thee thy song, 
With all its flowing numbers, 

And in a voice as fresh and strong 

As thine is. sing it all day long, 

And hear it m my slumbers. 


A brooklet nameless and unknown 

Was I at first, resembling 
A little child, that all alone 
Comes venturing down trie stairs of stone, 

Irresolute and trembling. 

Later, by wayward fancies led, 

For the wide world I panted ; 

Out of the forest dark and dread 

Across the open fields I fled, 

Like one pursued and haunted. 

I tossed my arms, I sang aloud. 

My vo'ee exultant blending 
With thunder from the passing cloud, 
The wind, the forest bent and bowed, 

The rnsh of rain descending. 

I heard the distant ocean's call, 

Imploring and entreating; 

Drawn onward, o'er this rocky wall 

I plunged, and the loud waterfall 

Made answer to the greeting. 

And now. beset with many ills, 

A.' toilsome life I follow; 
Compelled to carry from the hills 
These logs to the impatient nulls 

Below there in the hollow. 

Yet something ever cheers and charms 
The rudeness of my labors; 

Daily I water with these arms 

The cattle of a hundred farms, 

And have the birds for neighbors. 

Men call me Mad. ami well they may, 

When, full of rage and trouble, 
I burst my banks of sand and clay, 
And sweep their wooden bridge away, 
Like withered reeds or stubble. 

iS!ow go and write thy little rhyme, 

As of thine own creating. 
Thou seest the day is past its prime; 
I can no longer waste my time; 

The mill3 are tired of waiting. 


At the annual church meeting on Fast-day, 
Mr. D. W. Wells was re-elected deacon for 
the term of four years; Deacon Cowles was 
chosen church treasurer ; A. H. Graves was 
re-elected superintendent of the Sabbath- 
school, J. S. Wells assistant superintendent, 
and C. L. Graves S. S. treasurer. 

Delegates to the state convention : Rev. R. 
M. Woods and Henry S. Hubbard. The sen- 
timent of the caucus last Tuesday evening. 
wa3 very strongly expressed as in favor of „ 
Edmunds for President. 

Four of our young men have gone West to 
try their fortunes, Eddie Billings and Myron 
Porter to Illinois. Bennie Baggs and Geo. 
Thayer have been heard from at Cheyenne. \ 
They have the best wishes of their many 
friends. 1 



Some of our good and most useful women 
firmly believe that the raising and using of 
tobacco is morally wrong. One at least has 
made the matter a subject of prayer for a 
long time, and she improves every opportu- 
nity of presenting the subject before the 
devotees of tobacco; especially those who 
are members of the church, using every 
argument available against its use and culti- 
vation, and it is now a subject of serious con- 
sideration with some thoughtful people. It 
must be admitted that it is not a necessity of 
life, and that whole nations have lived for 
ages without its use. Its advocates class it 
as like tea and coffee, and like them 
it stimulates the nervous system, and when 
used to excess, it must be admitted it has an 

j injurious effect upon the nervous system. 
What beneficial effect in moderate use it has, 
is not exactly known, but the use of narcot- 
ics and nerve stimulants is a modern growth 
among civilized nations. If tobacco, now 
used by so vast a number of mankind, has 
such a deleterious influence upon the human 

j race, how can it be explained that the average 
of human life has been doubled, since its in- 

! troduction into England by Sir Walter Iial- 

I eigh 300 years ago. 

The cold weather has delayed farming 
operations; snowbanks are quite common 
on the north side of buildings, and in some 
places there is still considerable frost in the 
ground ; roads are in fair condition, and in 
fact quite good for the season ; farmers are 
now making their tobacco beds, a week, at 
least, later than usual ; some fields are now 
in good condition for ploughing ; winter grain 
and newly seeded grass begins to look green 
and promising ; a good warm rain now would 
greatly change the appearance of things; 

\ these cold, dry winds are decidedly unpleas- 
ant and depressing in their effects upon sensi- J 

| tive mortals, tending to clip the wings of 

; fancy, and to create a spirit of unrest and 
dissatisfaction in minds that have not culti- 

i vated the virtues of patience and content- 

| ment ; the vernal sunshine, the birds and the! 

j flowers will come in due time. 


The town meeting of last week was notl 
lacking in features of general interest. An 
effort was made, partially successful, which 

resulted in the ousting of certain town olti- 
cers; Richard P. Smith taking the place ot' 
James Porter on the board of selectmen 
Henry U. Moore taking that of 11 C. Waile; 
on the hoard of assessors. Otherwise the 
two hoards remain the same as last year. 
. Samuel P. Billings was chosen elector of the 
Smith. Charities, by a vote of 120, to 54 for 
D. W. Wells. C. L. Graves was chosen col- 
lector of taxes, with a salary of $100. The 
friends of license carried the town by a ma- 
jority of ten votes. The motion to pass over 
the article on woman suffrage, was carried by 
a small majority. There was a general in- 
terest manifested in the question of improved 
roads; the system of last year was finally 
adopted, and N. T. Ahells will again have 
the contract of making ordinary repairs toj 
roads and bridges for $550 ; a further sum of 
$450 was voted to draw material suitable for 
hardening the Northampton road, and the 
Plain road leading to Westbrook. The meet- 
ing stands adjourned two weeks. 

_ The town passed an almost unanimous vote 
instructing the selectmen to rigidly og 
the provisions of the license Jaw The so 
ectmen in pursuance of that vote have been" 
aking steps toward its enforcement wn 
t is thought will resuit in closing some pnb 
lie places, and restrict the sale of intoxicants' 
i n this town to places that will be licensed 
My First Drink. 




I am looking back thirty-one years to-day. 
I can picture to myself a dear, loving mother 
looking into the face of her first-born son, 
and realizing that if God should spare her 
boy's life the da} r would come when he would 
have to go out into the great business world 
and encounter the temptations of life ; that 
then and there she consecrated both her own 
life as well as her boy's to the service of a 
Divine Master. 

So the years rolled on, and at sixteen I left 
home to go out into the great business world. 
The first morning 1 left home, in the prime 
of youth and health, how kindly my mother 
looked at me as she kissed me, and as I went 
on my way with the good resolutions I 
formed ; and the pride and pleasure I felt as 
I brought home my first-earned money.' I 
had reason to be happy, for I had a happy 
Christian home, loving father, mother, broth- 
ers, sisters, and a good employer. During 
my business career I became acquainted with 
young men of my own age. I had noticed 
that at dinner they often took a glass of ale. j 
Having an invitation from one of them to I 
take a drink, I yielded, thinking it looked 
manly. It was only a glass of ale, but my 1 
first drink and the first step towards sin, dis-j 
grace and misery. Day by day I continued' 
to indulge moderately, deceiving those around 
me. I could not see any harm in doing what 
I did, as others did the same. Nor did I ever 
believe it would get the upper-hand of me, 
as it did in years after; but, as I look back 
to-day on a wasted life of sin and shame, I 
see it all — it was my first drink. 

As I write this to-day, I am looking out on 
an assembly of young men, who would be an 
honor to themselves as well as to society, 
were it not for this demon. I have talked to 
each one of them, and they say as I say, it 
was the first drink that brought them to what 
they are. A few days ago a gentleman left 
this home, who three years ago stood among 
the first merchants of New York city, was 
rich, had a loving family and a happy home. 
Now he is penniless, friendless and homeless 
— no one to care for him — a wanderer on the 
face of God's earth. What caused it? The 
first drink. A few days ago a merchant en- 
tered here greatly under the influence of 
drink. Three days later I stood by his death- 
bed. He had known no one since the day 
after his arrival here. During his delirium 
he tried to speak, but could not. Never 
shall 1 forget the scene: a loving sister on 
her knees by his bedside, and a weeping 
mother, but he knew them not. His soul 
passed away to meet its Judge unprepared. 
What caused this? The first drink. To 
those of you who hear or read this, take warn- 
ing! If you have commenced to drink, stop 
at once. It will save you from a life of sin 
and trouble. It will make you happy in this 
world ; it will tit you for a better world above. 
Therefore, I say stop now, with God's help. 


More real estate has changed hands in thisS 
town during the past six months than for sev- 
eral years previously. Mr. Lowell of West 
Springfield has bought the A. IT. Graves I 
homestead for less than $6,500. The house 
is one of the most attractive in its proportions 
in Hampshire county. The price realized is 
only about one-fifth the original cost and un- . 
doubtly a good investment. It is not to be : 
occupied until next spring. 

There are several other homesteads with 
desirable modern houses now on the market, 
and quite convenient to the church and the 
academy, that can be bought at very low 
prices. Our pleasant and healthful town, our . 
strong religious society, superior educational 
advantages, two through lines of railroad ' 
which connect us with the outside world, the 
lowest rates of taxation of any town in West- 
ern Massachusetts, and the present low prices 
of real estate, ought to oifer the all-sufficient 
inducement to capitalists when they find that 
all these claims for the town can be verified, 
! to settle in Hatfield. 

The houses of David Billings and J. S. 
Wells have received new coats of paint, which 
ladd much to the beauty of their appearance. 
0. S. Shattuck's new factory will be finished 
laud ready for occupation some time this 

: J. E. Porter is about to remodel his grist- 
fmill with modern improvements, which will 
add much to its facilities and convenience for 
business, in which we all feel interested, as 
good Hour and good meal are ranked among 
i the prime necessities of life. 

The Stockbridge fertilizers appear to be in 
j high favor with some farmers as a dressing 
for grass. . Fish and potash and wood ashes 
are being largely used on the corn lands. 
Cotton seed meal, C. S. ashes and Peruvian 
guano in connection with stable manure are 
mostly used for tobacco. 

m7riT° r of the ^ffi"! BuTufiinxea let 

in which voice is^^hTX^ 

Ci He ( !rfnf 0f Ql t 1 he0ld P ,antatio n, 
±ieiis of all we won and held 

Give us grateful celebration- ' 
us, the nameless ones of old. 

We were never squires and teachers 
We were never wise aad o-reat • 

But we listened to our preachers 
Worshipped God, and loved the ttate. 

B i°w°, f f ° urs is on tne meadow, 

.Dust of ours is in the soil • 
But no tablet casts a shadow 

Where we slumber from our tod. 

Unremembered, unrecorded 
vve are sleeping side bv sivipi 

And to names is Sow awlXt' 
ihat for which the nameless die 1. 

We were men of humble station 
We were women pure and true ■ 
wZ e J^ Ved ?l n '^ration ' 
Wiought, and fougut, and lived for you 

We were maidens! we were lovers' 

All the sweetness of our lives. 

P Sn.J l ! e a I ! ien 1 wi10 ruIed and led is- 
cai iy oat-lands to their grave* • 

vveie not planted by their slaA es. 

W Rjh?hI ree meu; we wer e neighbors- 
feach the minister of all • e 1S • 

And ye enter on our labors 
As on theirs whose nanus ye ca'l 


The graduating exercises of the class of I 
1880, at Smith Academy, took place last Tues- 1 
day evening. This is the fourth class that j 
the academy has graduated since its establish- 
ment. The class numbers six young ladies j 
whose names, together with the subject of 
their essays, are as follows :— Fannie A. Allis, 
Mary, Queen of Scotts ; Nellie G. Hubbard, 
Contentment; Alice R. Woodard, None to 
Himself ; Bertha M. Fobes, Plymouth Rock ; 
Clara S. Hawkcs, Society ; Annie A. Allis, 
Plea for Classical Education, with valedictory 
address. The graduates of Smith Academy 
now number 23, about half of whom either 
are or have been engaged as teachers. Her- 
bert Spencer has said that education is truly 
tested by a capacity of using knowledge. 
Judged by this test, the education given at 
Smith Academy, as it appears in the methods 
of instruction and results attained, is a suc- 
cess. The class of '80 presents a new feature, 
two young ladies prepared for Smith College. 
It is peculiarly fitting that Smith Academy, 
founded by the same woman who founded 
Smith College, should be a preparatory school 
'to the college. Under the conduct of Prof. 
iW B. Harding, Smith Academy has taken 
high rank among the scientific and classical 
schools of the Connecticut valley. There is 
! no better school for preparing young men and 
■ women for the colleges than this. '76. 

Prof. Hervcy Porter of Beyroot College, 
Svria, has been spending a few days among 
I friends in Hatfield. Last Sabbath he gave a | 
j very interesting sermon on Educational and 
'Missionary Work in Syria. Prof. Porter has 
been connected with the college ten years, 
teaching and preaching in the Arabic lan- 
Iguage. Beyroot is situated at the foot ot 
Mount Lebanon on the eastern shore of the 
, Mediterranean. It is an ancient city and at 
the present time has a population of about 
100,000. The English, French and Austri- 
an governments have lines of steamers run- 
ning to Beyroot, which keep it in constant 
communication with the Christian world. 
Syria includes the land of Palestine, and has 
been for centuries a province of the Turkish 
Empire. , 



Rev. R. M. Woods being absent in New 
York last Sabbath, Prof. Tyler of Smith Col- 
lege supplied his pulpit, giving an excellent 
sermon from 1 Sam'l xv. 22, His subject, 
"To obey is better than sacritice," was treated 
in a very practical and pointed manner. 

The present Legislature will be remember- 
ed by the tax payers for the prospective lar^e 
increase of the state tax brought about by 
legislation during the present session of the 
General Court. Our state presents a clear 
case of over- legislation annually, — most of it 
of no earthly benefit to the people at large. 
Before there is time to half kuow the big an- 
uual volume of "Acts and Resolves," passed 
by one Legislature, another is elected and as- 
sembled to commence anew the endless round 
of passing "Acts and Resolves," which is 
likely to go on indefinitely so long as the dear 
people can be persuaded that reform is not 
needed in the premises. 

The original James Fisk was in town last 
week, with his company, selling lightning 
rods. He rodded the academy, Shattuck's 
factory, and the dwellings of W. H. Dickin- 
son and Elisha Hubbard. 




-civ 13, Mrs. Sophia Dick 
late Geo. Dickinson of Hatfleki 

"What good can I do?" you ask, my friend; 

Is that what you want to know? 
You can do good in ways without end, 

Do good wherever you go. 

A kindly word, or a loving deed, 
May lift from some heart its care; 

And many there are who feel this need, 
You can find them everywhere. 

There are hungry ones who lack for bread, 

"Who can find no work to do ; 
"Who have struggled on till hope is dead, 

They perhaps may ask of you. 

There are erring ones whose lives are dark, 

Who travel the paths of sin — 
Go, gather them into Virtue's ark, 

Tenderly gather them in. 

There are those who lie on beds of pain, 

In need of your care and love^ 
Who perchance can ne'er find health again, 

You can point to life above. 

There are mourning ones throughout the earth 

Who are weeping bitter tears; 
You can tell them of the higher birth, 

You can soothe their foolish fears. 

Where e'er you go there is work to do, 

You can find it anywhere; 
The Master will show it unto you 

In answer to your prayer. 


Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom 

Lead Thou me on; 
The night is dark, and I am far from home, 

Lead Thou me on: 
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see 
The distant scene; one step enough for me. 

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou 

Shouldst lead me on: 
I loved to choose and see my path ; but now 

Lead Thou me on ; 
I loved the garish day. and. spite of fears. 
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years ! 

So long Thy power has blest me, sure it still 

Will lead me on 
O'er moor and fen. o'er crag and torrent, till 

The nijjht is gone; 
And with the morn those angel faces smile 
Which 1 have loved long since, and lost awhile! 

Meanwhile, along the narrow, rugged path 

Thyself hast trod, 
Lead, Saviour, lead me home in childlike faith, 

House to myt God, 
To rest forever after earthly strife, 
Iti the calm light of everlasting life. 

Cardinal Xeicman. 


I wonder why it is that some 

Through all their days and nights and years, 
Gather the sunshine of this life, 

And others only clouds and tears? 

I wonder why it is that some 

Dance, laugh, and jest, while others weep? 
That s>ome no wakeful hours see, 

While some know not what 'tis to sleep? 

I wonder why it is that baJm 
Into some lives is always poured, 

While others know not what it is 
To hoar a sympathetic word ? 

Think not I jeer or murmur at 
This mixture of life's bliss and woe. 

T)i ink not 1 grumble or repine, 
1 ouly wonder that it's so. 

For many a heart when touched by grief 
Would bask in sunshine like its mate, 

Ami could appreciate a change 
Although its coming might be late. 

But long as life goes on there'll be 
For some, rich bliss, for others, woe; 

And though I murmur not or sigh, 
I wonuer that it must be so. 

' In Asntabul 
inson, widow of tin 
aged 50, 

Lines dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard on the 
death of Giacie. 

Safe in the arms of Jesus, 

Safe pillowed on Ms breast, 
Your preciou3 child fond mother 

Is now secure at rest. 
Safe folded in his bosom, 

The little one shall share 
More than a mother's tenderness, 

Or her most; watchful care. 

But Oh! what bitter longings 

And yearnings for the lost, 
Words cannot speak the anguish 

JSor tell the grief it cost. 
Words can't portray the shadows 

That overcast the home, 
Sicca so much light ana gladness 

And sunshine are withdrawn. 

With childish gleeful prattle, 

She'll greet papa no more, 
With partings on the window 

Or shouting at the door. 
No more at morn and' even 

Upon his knee she'ii climb, 
Nor" when oppressed and weary 

Her arms his neck entwine. 

Mother, now fold the garments 

Your little daughter wore, 
And gather up the play things 

Once scattered on the floor. 
And put away the crade, 

The crib and little chair, 
For Gracie, weeping mother, 

Will need no more your care. 

Ah ! no one but a parent 

Can tell how deep the shade, 
A grave so short and narrow 

Within the home hath made. 
Nor can they tell the gladness 

The life so transient gave, 
Nor what high hopes a^'e blighted 

And hidden in the grave. 

You've now two shining angels 
" Amid the heavenly throng, 
Two little ones already 

Chanting the " new, new song." 
Two little ones to greet you 

With arms extended wide. 
When life's rough journey's ended 

And you've passed o'er the tide. ' 

O what a glad reunion 

Tiie household gathered home ! 
What strains of rapturous music 

Will swell the heavenly dome ! 
Parents and children gathered 

Upon that radiant shore, 
When life's stern conflict's ended 

And the strange drama o'er. 
Hatfield, March 19, 1874. 


PoTfi e v, lett T A °l acce P tan ce of Candidates 
trai field and Arthur are considered very wise 
able ana statesmanlike documents by inde- 
pendents here. They fail to sec the point of 
tne carping and petulant criticisms of the 
Springfield Republican. 

The Sabbath School, under the direction of 
their efficient superintendent, Mr A H 
Graves propose a basket picnic at Sylvan 
t Grove, Bernardston Thursday, 29th, fare at 
: excursion rates. The invitation to join 
the excursion is extended to others not ' 
members of the school. No doubt the old 
I as r we V as ' * he youn S wi]I have a good time. 

1 he festive, affectionate and persistent fly 
is getting to be a first-class nuisance, in the 
house, in the church and everywhere. 

The music of the insect tribe is now bein°- 
overpowered by the incessant churr, churr 
churr oi the cricket, which has taken a promi- 
nent place in the cJiorus on these lcntrthenino- 
midsummer evenings. s j 

Early set tobacco is very forward. Many 
acres nave been already topped, an indication, 
that it will be ready to harvest by the 10th of! 


There were about forty people present at 
the house of W. H. Dickinson, last week 
Monday, to enjoy the rich forensic treat pro. 
vided by members of the grange. The next 
meeting will be held at the house of Dr Bar- 
ton. The grangers are having in rehearsal 
the play, "Neighbor Jack wood," by Trow- 
bridge, which will be given to the public, in 
the near future, at Academy Hall. 

The town officers are having in preparation 
their annual reports of the business of the 
town, during the past year. We understand 
that the selectmen have kept the expendi- 
tures substantially within the appropriations, 
and will make a very satisfactory showing 
for the year now about closing. 

We are sorry to learn that the Hon. G. W. 
Hubbard, formerly of this town, feels called 
upon to give up his duties as President Trus- 
tee of the Smith Charities, which position he 
has so abjy filled for many years. The eicrht 
towns will find it a difficult matter to make 
his place good. 


As our Hatfield correspondent has nnr 

er e s e of h Th ar e d Ho° m *W «"* ^eaS- 

arealllslp^^ 1 -^^^ think ,hat we 
are all asleep m this quiet old town on 

a litHett? Si Conilecti -t, but there* s 
a little lite left here yet. The ladies im 
proved the privilege Vowed th n oiTe" 
n four years last week, bv gettin- up two 
leap-year sleiphrides up "to the iSrfoh 
house at South Deerfield. There were 60 

goT& bothofthem '^ -u'JS3~ 

j The farmers are getting interested in 
the institutes that a?e held in differed 
Places m the valley this winter, and are 
beginning to study what crops it is most 
' P Mi fi i ab , le t0 raise - Although tobacco 
■will be king, there will be quite a numb r 
^acres of roots raised the coming sea- 

The topic that especially interests onr 
people just now is the railroad that is be- 
Feliw Th° m ^hampton to BardwelPs 
reriy The road crosses the traveled 
roads m such a way that it is goin. to 
discommode the travel very much The 
traveled roads, instead of crossing at 

under the railroad, making it very hard 
crossing with loaded tearal. J 

,owfn^ J K a11 tbe f3rm ^ rs a ™ through 

buyer? °' and lt iS read ^ for tSe 

Those that have not filled their ice- 

shakv S rJ arebe g ilJniugto feel »Mttfe 

ThLl n ° W ? ° Ut gettin « tnem fi Hed. . 

nri «l y as + quite a pleasant gathering 

S 5iu« eD -^ * hl «yeek, at the house of L. 

.&. Bliss it being the reception for his son 

bride' Came home with his 

fJ^t 0M F am P shl 're, Hampden and 
Franklin agricultural society are to hold 

,fin^ i atfie,d . on Wednesday, March 3, 
it 10 o'clock, with an all-day session. 

The Springfield and Chicopee Metho- 
dists who are camping at Northampton 
are evidently not devoting all their time 
| and attention to meditation and seclusion, 
but on the contrary, if we are correctly 
informed, they make life endurable by 
various devices. The chief recreation is 
croquet, as this affords relaxation for 
i both sexes, which is far pleasanter than 
"stag" games. It could not be expected 
however, that the legal and ministerial 
lights of the denomination could be made 
to shine for the effeminate game of cro- 
quet alone, and so this recreation is occa- 
sionally supplanted by the sturdier and 
manlier national game. Then what a 
brilliant display of double and otherwise 
scientific playing is exhibited, only those 
to whom the prowess of the players is 
known can imagine. Indeed, it is said, 
that not even the "forest primeval" 
around the camp could furnish a bat 
strong enough to withstand the terrific 
batting which some of the more muscular 
brethren occasionally give samples of, 
and some extra strong willows had to be 
imported for the purpose, and now the way 
the "shacks" have to "hunt the leather" 
up and down the meadows in that vicin- 
ity is fatiguing to think of. 

Another after-dinner pastime is guess- 
ing conundrums, and some of those that 
are perpetrated are enough to make a 
newspaper paragrapher go and hang him- 
self, as for example the following: 
"When is a man a vegetable time piece?" 
"When he's up at eight o'clock," (a po- 
tato clock); or this: "Why is a rum shop 
like the sidewalk outside?" "Because 
there's a 'b' in 'both.'"?!! The next is old 
but served its purpose, nevertheless. A 
prominent Sunday school superintend- 
ent propounded it to a few friends after 
several hours' laborious thinking: "What 
is the difference between a watermelon 
and a cabbage?" After some unsuccess- 
ful guesses the brothers in the party one 
after another saw the point and evaded 
a direct answer; but one sister, a well- 
known Springfield lady, became so ab- 
sorbed that she overlooked the point 
and gave herself completely away. "I 
don't know," said she at last. "Don't 
you?" inquired the superintendent, "then 
I don't want you to do any marketing 
for me." This was the last heard about 

A good story is told of the presiding 
elder. At dinner the other day he was 
asked what kind of pie he would have, 
whether berry or apple. "I hardly know 
which I should prefer," he replied, "as I 
am pretty fond of both," and a plate of 
each kind was placed before him. Siez- 
ing the opportunity for a joke, a good 
brother remarked, "Doctor, you are now 
like a certain animal in the fable." "Oh 
no, I am not, replied the doctor seeing 
jthe joke, "I am not so much of an ass as 
Ithat," and proceeded to help himself to 
the pie nearest to him. 



[Written ly Feed E. Woodward for The Sunda 

• Twas the fall of the year, October was near, 

The robins had pecked the last cherries. 
About a mile back lived old Uncle Jack, 

Whose melons were clustered like berries. 

Every year in the fall, the boys would forestall 

Uncle Jack in his harvest of melons, 
And. often he'd shoot at the stealers of fruit, 

And chase, without catching-, the felons. 

15 nt boys are alike, and over the dike 
That led from his barn-yard so dusty, 

They often would vault, with a leg full of salt 
From liis flintlock enormous and rusty. 

One dark night three boys, with the least bit of nois< 
Climbed over the stone-wall so lowly; 

Uncle Jack soundly slept, so on tip toe they crept. 
To the coveted melon patch slowly. 

: Twixt the cup and the lip, there is many a slip; 

And it came from an unforeseen quarter, 
For prone in a ditch, they all three did pitch, 

Well up to their necks in the water. 

Then old Uncle Jack, with a man at his back, 
Wide awake, as they found, and not sleeping, 

Took them, dripping with wet and with many a threat 
To his kitchen, in spite of their weeping. 

Affrighted and chilled, to a table well filled 
They were led by their captors, unwilling. 

With melons 'Was piled, but the boys never smiled 
For a horror their bosom was filling. 

'•Now, boys, eat your fill. You can't? But yr-u will.' : 

And Jonathan not to be beaten, 
Locked the door with a snap, and says, "Xot a chap 

Leaves the room till the melons are eaten." 

The first two or three' were good as could be, 
But soon they were full to o'erflowing; 

They saw with surprise, and could not disguise, 
The fact that their stomachs were growing, 

"Enough, O, forbear," their cried in despair. 

"No! eat till you're bursting," he muttered, 
"Or I'll horsewhip you so, you never will know, 

On which side your bread has been buttered." 

Uncle Jack never winced till he was convinced 
They were full to the brim running over; 

For they looked just about like an alderman stout, 
Or a cow in a rich field of clover. 

"Now travel," he cried, and the door opened wide, 

As he pointed the way to the village; 
"If you take my advice, you'll think of it twice, 

Before you again come to pillage." 

East Boston, May, 1882. 

A Will which Puzzled the Executok.— 
A man died, and by his will bequeathed 17 
cows to his three sons, as follows: To one 
1-3, to the second 1-3 and to the third 1-9, 
aDd a provision forbade that any of the ani- 
mals should be killed. The executor was at 
his wit's end for some time how to carry out 
the intent of the will, but finally added one of 
his own cows to the 17, and then divided the 
lot as was specified, thereby giving one son 
nine, another six and the third two, which 
disposed of the 17 cows and did not affect the 
18th. The executor having divided the cows 
drove home his own cow, whose presence 
had done such good service, It will be seen 
that each son received more cow than would 
have fallen to him but for the thoughtfulness| 
of the executor. 


The examinations at the close of the Fall 
term of Smith Academy last Tuesday passed 
off very creditably to teachers and students. I 
We noticed that the eight trustees were repre- 
sented by three of their number. They ad- 
vertise in their annual catalogue that "a pub- 
lic examination of all the classes is held at j 
the close of caeli term under the inspection of 
the trustees." Perhaps their absence is owing 
to their unbounded confidence in Principal 
Harding, who has so successfully managed 
the school for twenty-seven terms, a period of 
nine years, and his accomplished assistants, 
former graduates of the Academy, who thor- 
oughly understand his system and methods of 
instruction. There was a good attendance of 
parents and friends of the institution. Miss 
Emma L. Wariield of Conway stood at the 
head of the school in rank of scholarship. I 
The dramatic exhibition in the evening was 
heartily enjoyed. The hall was well filled, ' 
the parts perfectly committed, there was some 1 
good acting, and the music of Hyde's orches- 1 
tra received high praise. Everything went 
smoothly, except the stage curtain, which ap- 
peared somewhat obstinate and unmanagea- 
ble at times. 

We noticed a new departure in the church 
on Thanksgiving day. In place of the flowers 
to which we have been so pleasantly accus- 
tomed, the space in front of the pulpit was 
appropriately adorned with a pyramid of the 
fruits of the soil. At the base were pump- 
kins, squashes and trusses of golden corn; 
higher up were autumn fruits, surmounted 
with waving grain. 

The Thanksgiving gatherings of families 
included two interesting celebrations, one the 
seventeenth anniversary of the wedding of 
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Warner; the other, the 
silver wedding of Dea. Porter and wife a^Re 
old homestead, where thirty relatives gatner- 
ed from five towns were seated at the bounti- 
ful tables. The numerous and valuable pres- 
ents of silver received by the Deacon and Mrs. 
Porter from their friends will help to keep 
the day in pleasant remembrance. 

Father Barry of Northampton held a relig- 
ious service at Academy Hall last Sabbath 
morning. It is announced that services are 
to be held here once during the winter. This 
will be a great convenience to our large Cath- 
olic population. 

Rev. Mr. Hussey of the Baptist church of 
Northampton preached an excellent sermon 
here last Sabbath, in exchange with Rev. R. 
M. Woods. 

There were several sales of tobacco made 
in town last week, at paying prices. Those 
who have not sold are waiting, Micawber- 
like, "for something to turn up." 

The " beautiful snow" which spread its 
mantle of spotless white over the face of na- 
ture last Wednesday night, and the cold 
weather that has succeeded it, are reminders 
to us that grim Winter has come again. 


Lord, send me work to do lor Thee ; 

Let not a single day 
Be spent in waiting on myself, 

Or, wasted, pass away. 

And teach me bow to work for Thep; 

Thy spirit, Lord, impart, 
That I may serve Thee less from fear 

Than from a loving heart. 

And bless the work I do for Thee, 

Or I shall toil in vain; 
Aiinc is the hand to drop the seed, 

Thine to send sun and rain. 


Life lias a burden on every one's shoulder — 
None may escape from its trouble and care; 

Miss it in youth, and 'twill come when we're old- 
And fit us as close as the~ garments we wear. 

Sorrow comes into our lives uninvited, 
Robbing our heart of its treasure of song; 

Lovers grow cold, and friendships are slighted, 
Yet, somehow or other, we worry along. 

Every-day toil is an every-day blessing, 
Though poverty's cottage and crust we may 

Weak is the back on which burdens are pressing, 
But stout is the heart that is stronger by prayer. 

Somehow or other, the pathway grows brighter, 
Just when we mourn there was one to befriend; 

Hope in the heart makes the burden seem light- 
And, somehow or other, we get to the end. 


Very ranch interest is manifested in 
the approaching election of the trustees of 
Smith Charities. It is thought the subject of 
reducing the rates of interest will he made 
prominent at the first meeting of the electors, 
and will be decided so far as they have the 
power, before the new board of trustees is 
chosen. The people of the ''eight towns" 
will sharply watch the proceedings of this 
important bod}' of in en whose decisions will 
affect their interests in so many ways. 

The Ladies' Benevolent Society, at their 

jannual meeting last Thursday, at the house 

jof Mrs. James Porter chose the following 

I officers for the year ensuing: — Mrs. James 

Porter, president; Mrs. J. D. Brown and 

'Mrs. H. S, Porter, vice presidents; Miss 

l Fanny Graves, secretary; Mrs. Alpheus 

I Cowles, treasurer; Mrs. D. P. Morton, Mrs. 

David Billings, Mrs. S. G. Hubbard and Mrs. 

R. P. Smith, directresses. This society is 

doing a quiet and useful work in this town. 

Their next meeting will be on Thursday, at 

the house of Mrs. Alpheus Cowles. 

The Gleaners will meet this week Satur- 
day at the house of Mrs. M. N. Plubbard. 

Rev. R. M. Woods last Sabbath gave his 
people an excellent practical sermon from 
Psalms 51 : 10. 

Some of us enjoyed the hospitalities of the 
Old Church society of Northampton, last 
Wednesday, on the occasion of the installa- 
tion of their new pastor, Rev. Mr. Lathe. 
The beautiful new church was made espec- 
ially attractive by the unusual array of Con- 
gregational talent there assembled. 

Parties of ladies seeking ''May flowers" in 
the Hatfield woods have been quite common 
during the past three weeks. 

The cold, raw weather of the last half of 
the month of April has greatly delayed vege- 

Landlord Baggs of the Capawonk has tak- 
en down his sign, and will not apply for a 
further hotel license. 

Landlord Bliss is the only person in town 
who has applied for a license to sell liquor. 
We are assured that the Selectmen will en- 
force the penalties of the law against all per- 
sons who sell liquors in its violation. 

~ The grangers held their last meeting for 
the season at the house of W. II. Dickinson, 
Esq., on Monday evening of last week. In 
addition to the regular exercises, an English 
play of a high order, with five female char- 
acters, was the treat of the occasion. The 
exquisite delineation of the several characters 
represented was highly enjoyed by ail. Mrs. 
W. B. Harding, Mrs. J. S. Wells, Mrs. D. 
W. Wells, Mrs. II. S. Hubbard and Miss 
Mary L. Hubbard, who presented the several 
I parts of the play, did themselves great credit. 
I The flue hall in Mrs. Dickinson's mansion is 
' weil adapted for the purposes of amateur 

L. S. Bliss has given up the ferry at the 
north end of Main St., and the towns adja- 
cent to the ferry, Hatfield and Hadley, will 
be interested in maintaining it for awhile. Men 
enough can be found to run the ferry for the 
proceeds, -if the towns will furnish a good 
boat. The town officials have examined the 
old boat and consider it untit for further ser- 
vice. A new boat will probably be built at a 
cost of .about $300. They will also make efforts 
to have the ferry roads newly located by the 
County Commissioners to the old landing 
above the mouth of the brook on the i\ r orth 



iue. and to a point opposite on the 
Hatfield side, some fifty or sixty rods north- 
erly of the present ferry road, thus avoiding 
the sand bar, which in times of low water 
obstructs navigation across the present ferry. 


Died in Hatfield the 15th instant, Mrs. 
Temperance McCulloch Morton, aged 88 

I years and 4 months. Mrs. Morton was at 
the time of her death the oldest person in 
town. In early life she was a teacher of note 
in several towns of Franklin county. Fifty 
years ago she became the wife of Mr. Jeremy 
Morton of this town, long since deceased. 
She leaves a widowed daughter, Mrs. b. F. 
Knight, who has been the staff of her old 
age ; she has been a great sufferer during the 
past three years, but has borne all with re- 
markable patience and fortitude. Mrs. Mor- 

!ton was a genial, kind hearted Christian lady 
of the old school; her dignified manners, well 
poised mind, and general intelligence in con- 

jversation, impressed one with the idea of her 

fitness to adorn in her day any station in life. 

The cemetery near the church would be 

j much improved by the summary removal of 
the few remaining hedges around private 
lots, and the earlier cutting of the grass 
throughout the grounds, which is anything 

i but ornamental in the sere and yellow stage 

j of its growth. 

L. S. Bliss of the Hatfield House, has six 

! regular city boarders, and claims to have a 

I largely increased business this season. 

Has the potato beetle found a new enemy? 

! We noticed for the first time in our potato 
field last week in several places what is 

I thought to be a new insect, or beetle ; it has 
a bluish color, and is fully as large as the 
Colorado beetle, and was making deadly on- 
slaughts upon full grown beetles of the latter 
kind. In every instance this new species ap- 
peared very shy, and retired quickly from 
sight when approached, preventing the more 
particular examination we should be pleased 
to give this new insect friend. 


The drouth is the all absorbing subject of 
discussion ; touching us iu so many vital 
ways, it has become a serious and alarming 
question. It is the opinion of the oldest 
farmers that this drouth will prove more dis- 
astrous in its effects upon the corn crop in 
this section of the state than any previous 
drouth in the last fifty years. While there 
are some tields of corn on heavy meadow 
lands that are looking well and not yet much 
affected, in other places there are large fields 
of corn well manured and cared for, which 
looked very promising ten days ago, in the 
full glory of its rich green foliage, have now 
become sere and wilted and look as if past 
redemption and gone to the shades. 

One farmer has dug and sold from four 
acres of land about live hundred bushels of 
potatoes, another dug 100 bushels from one 
acre, land of the best in both cases, which 
shows a very light yield. Late potatoes are 
admitted to be almost a total failure. The 
profits of potatoes to farmers this year will 
be small, even at the high prices that are 
likely to rule because of a short crop. The 
crop of potatoes in this town, it is estimated, 
will not be one-third of what was expected a 
month ago. 

The roads are like beds of ashes, and the 
very dust so finely pulverized, floating above 
the surface of the highways, becomes incor- 
porated with the air we breathe. Lawns and 
patches of grass in places exposed to the full 
blaze of the torrid sun, look as if they had 
been scorched with fire. Tobacco appears to 
stand the drouth better than any growing 
crop; even that is suffering from its effects 
in many places. The seeding of grass in 
corn, so generally practiced iu July except iu 
some low grounds, is a failure this year, and 
mauy have deferred it to a more favorable 
season. This Monday morning the weather 
indications are more favorable for rain now 
so sadly needed. 

Rev. R. M. Woods is having his annual 
vacation this month. The following named 
clergymen will supply the pulpit during his 
absence: Rev. L. II. Eastman of Framing- 
ham, who gave two excellent sermons last 
Sabbath, will preach again the loth ; Dr. 
Sturtevant of Grinnell, Iowa, the 20th, and 
Rev. E. 8. Tead, Cumberland Mills, Me., 
the 27th. 

The Hatfield Sabbath school will have a 
basket picnic and excursion by the New Ha- 
ven and Northampton railroad to Southwick 
ponds, Tuesday, Aug. 15. Tickets will be 
on sale at the post-office and at Howard's 
store; price 90c for the round trip, children 
60c. The Sunday school at North Hatfield 
and friends generally are invited to join them. 


" I wish you a Merry Christmas;" 
" I wish you a Happy New Year.'' 

Aye, these we have breathed so joften, 
It is now " second nature " I fear. 

To prove that our wishes are real, 
That the heart such expressions feel, 

Just see if alonjj life's journey 
The kind word or deed sets its seal. 

But little may he the wherewith 
To purchase our tokens of love 

Yet the looks or the words of sunshine 
As fully the kindness will prove. 

Did we know how manv dark shadows 
Are scattered from life's rougher way 

By the look or the word of kindness, 
It could but be ready alwuy. 

Did we soo! the burdens thus lifted 
From Hie souls often fraught with pain. 

Our hand would withhold not its pressure, 
And our heart light our brow again. 

So too, as the kind words strengthen, 
Will the bitter increase one's pain. 

Here reserve of the tongue proves healing; 
Oh, wound not again and again. 

Hard words are truly "heart-bruises,? 

Hard to meud are their rents severe! 
And shall we not wonder in Heaven, 

That we wounded so often here? 

Then wish you the "Merry Christmas." 
And wisli you the " Happy New Year;" 

But let the looks and words of sunshine, 
Set truth to your wishes here. 
Northampton, Dec. '20, 1S&1. 


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The severe cold of last week Monday night 
did not detain the most resolute of the ''Res- 
olutes " from their appointed meeting at the 
house of Bro. G. A. Billings. Those who 
attended were amply repaid by the pleasures 
provided for them on that occasion. 

We would call the attention of our young 
townsmen to the opportunities presented by 
the Armory Hall Lyceum for self improve- 
ment in the art of public speaking. The Ly- 
ceum is held every Tuesday evening. Some 
live question is generally debated, calculated 
to call out the latent ability of all who arc 
willing to do their best in the arena of debate. 


So say 

acres of potatoes 

The mercury touched bottom Tuesday 
morning at 2o degrees below zero, and then 
oil Thursday we had a genuine thaw, Friday 
the weather continued warm, the morn big 
was ushered in with a hurricane of wind which 
left its marks in all parts of the town, h 
carried away a strip of slating from the root 
of the church, took off a chimne3 r top from 
the house of Mr. E. Billings, nearly destroy- 
ed the summer house W. 0. Dickinsou and 
cut up various mischievous pranks in blow- 
ing down trees, breaking off limbs and strip- 
ping all loose boards from sheds, and out- 
buildings. We certainly experienced all the 
extremes and varieties of weather during me 
week for which our New England winteis 
are so widely famed. 

There is a class of very worthy people in 
every community who firmly believe that 
usa^e and custom make right. To that class 
the world cannot hopefully lock for leader- 
ship in progress and the reform of old abuses. 
Theodore C. Bates of Worcesttr County, a 
director of the Boston & Albanj'- railroad, is 
evidently not one of that class. What is bet- 
ter, he has the courage of his opinions, lie 
comes out squarely in favor of reducing the 
local passenger fares of the load to two cents 
per mile, and gives unanswerable reasons for 
such a step. It certainly is not fair, that 
after the people of the stflte have done so 
much by legislation, taxation, and in other 
ways to help the railroads of the state, that 
the officers of these roads should discriminate 
against them in freight and passenger rates. 
The difference between through and local 
rates is often so great that it amounts to in- 

Win. H. Dickinson Esq, has in his pos- 
session numerous ancient relics, heirlooms 
of the Waites, Mortons, Smiths, and Dickin- 
sons, from whom he descended. Among 
them are thirteen bureaus and several very 
old chests, and all are more or less ornament- 
ed with carved work. That which is suppos- 
ed to be the oldest of this collection is a chest 
about four feet long, according to the tradi- 
tions of the family, was brought over from 
England about the year 1634. It is made of 
English oak and has some carved work on its 
front. There is an anceint bureau, one of the 
thirteen, which would attract attention in 
any place. The front of this is also made of 
English oak, and very elaborately ornament- 
ed with carved work over the entire front; 
in its general outlines and proportions, it is 
similar to the Eastlake styles of the present, 
time. It contains a central monogram artis- 
tically carved in the wood with the letters 
'•J. S. M." supposed to be a wedding present. 
to Jonathan Morton and Mary Smith who 
were married in 1710. They were the grand- 
parents of Oliver Smith on his mother's side. 
il Among these relics is the long gun brought 
1 from England and used by that famous scout 
and Indian fighter Sargt. Benjamin Wait, 
carried by him all through the earliest Indian 
Avars, carried in his last fight with them 
I when he was killed in Deerfield meadows in 
! 1704 at the time when that town was destroy- 
I ed by the French and Indians. Mr. Dickin- 
son has also the commission of his grand- 
father, Lt. Samuel Smith, .signed by John 
I Hancock. Lt. Smith did honorable service 
for his country during the war of the Revo- 
\' : on. Mr. Dickinson's acquisitions in this 
\ would start a respectable museum of 

lancienFcuriosities. These ancient relics link I 
us to the past and call to mind the hardships, 
(and trials of our ancestors in those early! 
I times, who then laid foundations deeper and. 
broader then they knew, upon which a 
I glorious superstructure has since been builded 
to elevate and bless mankind. 


Mrs. Lucy W. Love of Liberty, Mo., was 
in town last week. She is now on a visit 
among her friends and relatives in Massachu 
setts, where she expects to remain until the 
return of her husband from his travels in 
Europe and the Holy Land. Mrs. Love, 
formerly Lucy Ward, was a successful teach- 
er in this town, and was among the first pu- 
pils of Mary L3 r on at South Hadley in 1837. 
After completing her studies she i»ade teach- 
ing her life work. In the year 1841 she went 
to the then far West to pursue her vocation 
as a teacher. Inspired by the example and 
teachings of Miss Lyon, she established a 
boarding school for girls in Liberty, Mo., then 
on the frontier of civilization, which she car- 
ried on successfully until the war of the Re- 
bellion broke out in 1861. In that troublous 
time of the reign of anarchy the school was 
broken up. She had previously married Mr. 
Love, a gentleman in the place, a native of 
Kentucky, who was associated with her in 
the management of the school. He, being a 
Union man, was compelled by the rebel ele- 
ment who controlled that part of the state, to 
leave for a time the home he had made, and 
Mrs. Love remained alone to guard their 
treasures. Mrs. Love was a pioneer in edu- 
cational work in Western Missouri. The dif- 
ficulties with which she had to contend can 
be but imperfectly understood by people who 
have always lived in New England. Mis- 
souri, like most of the other slave states, did 
practically nothing for free schools before the 
war, and not until about the year 1870 did the 
State Legislature pass a law to establish free 
schools in every township of the state. 

Mr. Lyman Klapp and family of Provi- 
dence, R. I., are now stopping at the home 
of Mrs. Klapp's sisters in this town. 

Miss Rosa Miller, who has been for several 
years a teacher of the State Institution at 
Normal, 111., is at the home of her parents 
in Hatfield on her annual summer vacation. 

An unusual amount of building repairs are 
in progress in various parts of the town. 
Louis Reboin is erecting a new barn. 

The year 1882 is destined to be an excep- 
tional year in several respects. Apple blos- 
soms in June are not often seen in this lati- 

Several farmers in town who forced their 
plants in hot-beds, commenced setting tobacco 
last week. As a general thing plants are 
about two weeks later than usual on ope'n 
beds. The late setters will be in a majority 
this year, and they comfort themselves with 
the reflection that late set tobacco did best 
last year, and also that the expense of raising 
the crop will be less, because the season for 
fighting the cut worm will be so much short- 
ened by late setting, and they consider the 
risk of frost less than the risk of pole sv/eat, 
which latter is so liable to overtake early har- 
vested tobacco. 

It is noticeable that there is an unusual 
amount of grubs, worms and insect larva in 
the soil, and the inevitable potato bug was 
early out in full force in some localities, pa- 
tiently watching each hill for the first appear- 
ance of foliage, all ready to deposit their 
eggs. These pests demand our immediate 



We have noticed as a. marked feature oC 
the landscape that large numbers of oaks in 
our forests are stripped of their foliage, with 
nothing left but skeletons of the leaves, by 
the ravages of what is familiarly known as 
the oak caterpilar, which Harris names the 
Dryocampa. The eggs from which they pro- 
ceed are laid in large clusters on the under 
side of the leaf near the end of the branoti. 
The caterpillars are hatched out towards the 
eud of July, and do their destructive work 
mostly in the month of August. Early in 
September, they crawl down the trees and go 
into the ground" to the depth of four or five 
inches, where they are changed to crysalids, 
and remain in that condition until the next 
summer. These crysalids may often be seen 
sticking half wav out of the ground, under 
oak trees, about, the tirst of 3u.\y, at which 
time the moths burst forth and make their 
escape. From the cause named, this au- 
tumn's foliage must be shorn of much of its 
accustomed beauty, as the oak forms an im- 
portant factor in Nature's brilliant October 
coloring, and its leaves generally hold out 
longest against the frosts and winds of No- 

At the Republican caucus held the 13th 
inst., Rev. R..M. Woods and W. H. Dickin- 
son, Esq., were chosen delegates to the state 
convention at Worcester. J. S. Wells, S. G. 
Hubbard, Roswell Billings, L. S. Dyer and 
H. G. Moore were chosen town committee. 

The street lamp in front of the Academy 
was found broken on Sabbath morning, and 
the street and sidewalk strewn with fruq 
taken from neighboring orchards, la this 
connection we are tempted to give some sug- 
gestions upon morals and manners for the 
benefit of the rising generation, but forbear, 
as the subject more properly falls within the 
line of duty of parents, teachers and town 

C. 0. Dickinson of North Hatfield, 78 years 
old, was found dead in a bath-tub at the 
Eureka sulphur spring, Saratoga, last Satur- 
day. He had walked from the village about 
two miles, and was somewhat heated when 
he went to bathe aud is supposed to have 
been chilled. He was a bachelor, and a little 
eccentric in his habits. He leaves an estate 
estimated at $7o,000 or more, which it is 
supposed he disposed of by will. Telegrams 
were sent to North Hatfield and Northamp- 
ton, Saturday afternoon, announcing his 
death, and several of his friends went there 
at once. It seems that he died while in the 
bath-tub. When he entered the bath-room, there 
was another man in the adjoining room, and 
the two talked with each other for awhile. 
After a little time it was noticed that Mr. 
Dickinson was silent, and when the man in 
the room next to him came out he informed 
the keeper of his suspicion that something- 
was wrong with Mr. D. On entering his 
room he was fo*und in the bath-tub with his 
head bent forward, dead. A coroner's jury 
was summoned, and an inquest held. A 
post-mortem examination showed that his 
heart was in a healthy condition, and it is 
supposed that he died in a fainting spell. His 
body was brought to his home yesterday. 


Comments on €. C. Dickinson's Will. 

When our people visit the county seat they 
are sometimes tantalized with " such in- 
quiries as this: "What rich old fellow in 
Hatfield will die next and leave his money 
to Northampton?" That inquiry has been 
answered again by the will of the late C. 0. 
Dickinson, and no doubt others will follow 
suit, and, like those who have gone before, 
leave their bones and tombstones "in our cem- 
eteries as the only mementoes to Hatfield of 
their large estates which were accumulated 
here and transplanted to another town. 
Spongelike, they absorbed a large portion of 
the wealth of the town where they were born 
and lived, to be left when they died for the 
unnatural purpose of building up a great 
charitable institution elsewhere, leaving to 
their relatives, friends and neighbors and the 
town of their birth only the memory of 
penurious lives and unfulfilled promises. We 
mean no unkindness or disrespect to the 
memory of the dead in our comments, as 
their noble charities will live to bless man- 
kind. We are " native to the manor born," 
and the Gazette must pardon us for thinking 
" what might have been" to Hatfield. We 
do not wish to be understood as blaming 
Northampton people for feeling good over 
their great gifts from Hatfield, as it is not in 
human nature to feel otherwise. It would no 
doubt be the same with us if the tables were 
turned. After all this we should be slow to 
believe, as some have intimated, that North- 
ampton people are ungrateful and inclined to 
turn the cold shoulder, or give us taffy in- 
stead of substantial favors, which they re- 
serve to bestow with more freedom elsewhere. 

Rev. J. W. Lane of North Hadley, who is 
always welcome in Hatfield, exchanged with 
our pastor last Sabbath. 

Thaddeus Graves and Major Shattuck were 
chosen delegates to the Congressional conven- 

The harvest shows that corn and potatoes 
are largely a failure on light soils, while pro- 
ducing heavy crops on lands not affected by 
the drouth. 

Nine-tenths of the cases of malaria in 
town during the last three years are located 
within one-half a mile of Mill river. This 
fact would tend to confirm Bishop Hunting- 
ton's opinions. 

About ten o'clock last Tuesday night was 
noticed an immense circle of unusual bright- 
ness around the moon. We judged it to be 
40 degrees in diameter, reaching almost one- 
half the distance from the horizon to the 

Hon. E. A. Hubbard of Springfield will 
move his family into town this week. 

Dea. J. S. Graves and wife are visiting 
their children, Rev. E. S. Tead and wife, at 
Cumberland Mills, Me. 

Mr. John Strong of West Hatfield has 
taken the contract of gathering cream for the 
Hatfield creamery. Webster Pease, who has 
been in the employ of the company for two 
years, is engaged as butter maker with the 
Amherst creamery company. His experience 
will be of great value to the company in 
starting their new enterprise. We shall be 
sorry to loose our genial friend Webster and 
his much esteemed wife from our neighbor- 
hood and social circles. 


He Founds a Hospital at Northampton 
for the Sick Poor ot Northampton, 
Hatfield and Whately— Small Annu- 
ities to Relatives. 

In the name of God. Amen. I, Caleb C. 
Dickinson of Hatfield, in the county of 
Hampshire, and Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts, do on this twenty-eighth day of 
July, in the year of our Lord, one thousand 
eight hundred and eighty-one, make and 
publish this my last will and testament, dis- 
posing of my worldly estate in manner and 
form as follows, to wit : 

First. I give and bequeath to my niece, 
Mary Ann Parmenter, an annuity of thirty 
dollars a year, during the period of her natural 

Second. I give and bequeath to Caroline 
A. Crafts, widow of Sylvanus Crafts, an an- 
nuity of twenty dollars a year, during the 
period of her natural life. 

Third. I give and bequeath to James D. 
Donnell, who formerly lived with me, an 
annuity of fifteen dollars a year, during the 
period of his natural life, if he shall be in 
want and need the same. 

Fourth. I give and bequeath, in trust, to 
such trustee as shall be appointed by the 
Judge of Probate for the county of Hamp- 
shire, live bonds of the state of Missouri, of 
the par value of five thousand dollars, to pay 
so much of the income of the same, to such 
of my nephews aud nieces, who are of sober 
and industrious habits, as shall be in needy 

Fifth. After the payment of my just debts 
and funeral charges, and the foregoing leg- 
acies, I give, devise, aud bequeath all the rest, 
residue and remainder of my property, and 
estate, real, personal and mixed, wherever 
situate, or of whatever the same may consist, 
to John Whittelsey and George W. Hubbard, 
both of Northampton, in said county, and to 
William H. Dickinson of said Hatfield, their 
heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, 
and to the heirs, executors, administrators 
and assigns of the survivor of them, and to 
such person as may be appointed trustee in 
the place and stead of either of them, and to 
| his tieirs, executors and administrators and 
assigns, but in trust nevertheless, to establish 
I and put in operation in the town of North- | 
' ampton a hospital for the sick poor of the I 
( towns of Hatfield, in the county of Hamp- | 
shire, of Whately, in the county of Franklin, ; 
and Northampton, in the county of Hamp- j 
shire, where they may receive such care, 
nursing and medical attendance as their dis- 
eases and sicknesses may require, either gra- 
tuitously or at moderate charges, according 

I to the circumstances of each. .. 

It is my design, with the property which a 
kind Providence has given me, to found a 
hospital where the sick among the poor of 
said towns shall be tenderly and kindly pro- 
vided with such care and treatment as their 
condition needs, and which in numerous 
cases it is impossible for them to receive in 
their homes, and the same to be wholly or in 
part free of charge. Also, patients from the 
more wealthy classes in the community may 
be received into the hospital for treatment 
upon the payment of reasonable compensa- 
tion. All applications to be received into 
said hospital, and the terms on which they 
shall be received, shall be at the discretion of 

"the trustees for the same. In case of a 
vacancy on the board of trustees, it shall be 
filled by the Judge of Probate for the county 
of Hampshire, ou the application of the sur- 
vivors, or in case of their failure to apply, on 
the applicatiou of any person interested. I 
recommend to said trustees as soon as may 
be, after the probate of this will, that an act 
be obtained from the Legislature, incorporat- 
ing said hospital, containing suitable provis- 
ions for the security and management of the 
funds, for the administration, conduct and 
government of the hospital and for carrying 
into full and complete effect the benevolent 
and charitable purposes of this will. It is 
my request to the Judge of Probate, that no 
bonds with sureties be required of the trus- 
tees appointed by this will, or of any trustee 
that may be appointed in the place and stead 
of either of them, unless from a change of 
circumstances he shall become satisfied" that 
the safety of the trust funds is endangered by 
the omission, in which case he is requested to 
require bonds with adequate sureties, or to 
remove the delinquent trustee or trustees, and 
to appoint other trustee or trustees in their 

Sixth. I hereby constitute and appoint 
George W. Hubbard of Northampton the 
executor of this will. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto signed 
my name and affixed my seal the day and 
year before written. 


Signed, sealed, published aud declared by 
the said Caleb C. Dickinson, as aud for his 
last will and testament, in the presence of us, 
who at his request, and in his presence, and 
in the presence of each other, have hereunto 
signed our names as witnesses. 


A true copy. Attest. 



The will of the late C. C. Dickinson of 
Hatfield appears in full in the Gazette to-day. 
He gives nearly the whole of his estate, es- 
timated at about $100,000, for a hospital' for 
the sick poor in Northampton, Hatfield and 
Whately. The details of executing the trust / 
are left with the trustees, Geo. W." Hubbard ( 
and John Whittelsey of this town, and Win. 
H. Dickinson of Hatfield. With the income 
of this fund, which cannot be more than 
$5,000 a year at most, and may not be more 
than $3,000 or $4,000, if a building is pur- 
chased, there will not be a great amount to 
i be distributed in charity; and of that amount, | 
i officers, attendants, etc., will absorb a con- 
siderable sum. As the sick poor are not very 
numerous, the hospital will do good, as far 
it goes. It will be a relief to the treasuries of 
' the towns, for all such cases of sickness 
would otherwise have to be attended to by 
the overseers of the f poor. This will is 
evidently an outgrowth of the wills of Oliver 
Smith and Whiting Street. The heirs at law 
cannot be expected to admire this disposition 
of an estate which they may have thought 
i would come to them, and a contest over the 
I probate of the will is not improbable. 
Justice - PeckTbf "Northampton bound over 
Anthony Allaire of Hatfield in $200 for keep- 
ing a liquor nuisance. Hyde, Shattuck & Co. 
say that if his place, which is near their pistol 
factory, cannot be shut up they must leave 
town, the effect on their workmen being 
so bad. 


The Institute at Cummington. 

The very cordial invitation received by the 
officers of the H., F. & H. Society given by 
the farmers of Cummington and vicinity, to 
hold one of their farmers' meetings in that 
town was accepted. The atmosphere last 
Wednesday morning, with thermometers 
ranging at 15 degrees below zero, we found 
to be quite bracing after the previous mild 
weather. We took the train at Northampton 
and soon found ourselves at the Williams- 
burg depot. A part of our company stepped 
into the sleigh of our friend, E. J. Warner. 
The commodious sleigh, warm robes and fleet 
span of bays, and genial cordiality of their 
owner, whiled away the time, and before we 
expected, two of us found ourselves landed 
and enjoying the hospitalities of a home the 
like of which can rarely be found outside of 
New England. Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Pettin- 
gill soon made us forget that we were stran- 
gers by their courtesy and attention. The 
dinner found ready for us was thoroughly en- 
joyed after our long ride. We found the hall 
at the first meeting in the afternoon well filled 
by the farmers of Cummington and adjoining 
towns. President West of the Society presided 
with his accustomed dignity and ready ability. 
The essay of Mr. H. C. Comins of Hadley, 
on " The Economy of the Farm," was listen- 
ed to with quiet attention. After its conclu- 
sion he was kept busy for a while in answer- 
ing as best he could the questions raised by 
the many practical and intelligent farmers 
present. In the absence of J. M. Smith, the 
essayist, the president called out C. T. Par- 
sons of Northampton, to tell what he knew 
about "Grass Crops," and kindred subjects. 
This led to a general discussion very interest- 
ing, and in which the farmers of Cummington 
showed their ability to talk as well as eDter- 
tain us. In the interval before the evening 
meeting we had the pleasure of looking over 
the model barns of F. J. Orcutt, examining 
his herd of blooded stock and flock of breed- 
ing ewes, 250 in number, which we venture 
to say cannot be matched in Hampshire 
county. We found a still larger audience 
attending at the evening session, with quite 
a large number of ladies, who appeared to 
take great interest, like all the farmers pres- 
ent, in the essay of E. H. Judd, on Potatoes— 
a valuable paper because giving the result of 
his careful experiments, running back as far 
as eight years, as to seed, distance and depth 
of planting, fertilizers used and quantities 
grown of the different popular varieties now 
before the public. The essay was filled with 
valuable hints and suggestions. After this 
topic was well discussed and the collateral 
questions answered as fully as possible, Mr. 
Judd gave an example of how he prepared 
the seed for planting by cutting the tubers 
in pieces. H. C. West of Hadley read a 
paper giving his experience with potatoes 
during the past year. J. D. Porter of Hat- 
field entertained the audience with some 
facts about creameries. The farmers of the 
viciuity took a prominent part in the discus- 
sion, and some of their questions remained 
unanswered. The time was pleasantly and 
profitably spent by us and we obtained some 
new and valuable ideas. Even after the ex- 
ercises were over we found our modest friend, 
J. D. Porter, of the Hatfield creamery, sur- 
rounded by a bevy of ladies plying him with i 

questions relating thereto," endcavorTng~fcf get 
further information in regard to the = subject 
of creameries. We are sorry that we took 
no notes on the ground; had we done so we 
should have been able to report the names of 
the various speakers of Cummington and ad- 
joining towns, to whom so much credit is 
due, and to whom the success of this meeting 
was greatly owing. We have evidence in 
this beautiful town, with so many pleasant 
homes and far famed for the intelligence and 
enterprise of its people scattered through the 
country, that the people here are public-spir- 
ited and progressive. Cummington has the 
high honor to be the birth-place of the most 
distinguished man that old Hampshire County 
has yet produced. The fame of William Cul- 
len Bryant's genius, and his contributions to 
our poetry and literature now belong to the 
country and the world. Cummington has 
another distinguished son of a late genera- 
tion, who has been prominent in the national 
councils during the past twenty years, and 
now represents our Commonwealth with great 
credit in the Senate of the United States. 
This same town of Cummington has reason to 
be proud of her contributions of men whose 
names stand so high in the literature and 
statesmanship of the country.- The grandest 
product of her soil is her noble men and 


\ncl this is the new New Testament, 

And 'tis come in the sweet o' the year. 
When the fields are shining in cloth of gold, 

Ami the birds are singing so clear; 
And over and into the grand old text, 

Reverent and thoughtful men. 
Through many a summer and winter past, 

Have been peering with book and pen, 

Till they've straightened the moods and tense? 

And dropped each obsolete phrase, 
And softened the strong, old-fashioned words 

To our daintier modern ways ; 
Collated the aucieut manuscripts, 

Partiiile. verb and line, 
And faithfully done their very best 

To improve the book divine. 

I haven't a doubt they have meant it well, 

But it is not cl:ar to me 
That we needed tne trouble it was to them, 

On tit her side cf the sea. 
I cannot help it. a thought that comes— 

You know I am old and plain- 
But it seems like touching the ark of God, 

And the touch to my heart is pain. 

For ton years past, and for five times ten 

At the 'back of that, my dear, 
I've made and rnejifled and toiled and saved, 

Willi my Bible ever near. 
Sometimes it was only a verse at morn 

That lifted me up from care, 
Like the springing wings of a sweet-voiced lark 

Cleaving the" golden air: 

And sometimes of Sunday afternoons 

'T\v<ts a chapter rich and long, 
That came to my heart in its weary hour 

With the lilt of a trumpet song. 
I studied the precious words, my dear, 

When a child at my mother's knee, 
And I tell you the Bible I've always had 

Is a good enough book for me. 

i I may be stubborn and out of date, 
i But mv hair is white as snow 
And I love the things I learned to love 

In the beautiful long ago. 
I can not be changing at my time; 
1 'Twould be losing a part of myself. 
You pay lay the ue.w New Testament 
Away on the upper shelf. 

i I cling to the one my good man read 
In our fireside prayers at night ; 
To the one my little children lisped 
I Ere they faded out of my sight. 
I shall gather my dear ones close again 

Where the many mansions be, 
And tell them the lbble I've always had 
Is a good enough book for me. 

out, | 

It was a very pleasant surprise party which 
assembled at the house of Mr. and Mrs. C. K. 
Morton to the number of 100 or more, last 
Tuesday evening, to celebrate the tenth anni- 
versary ©f their marriage. Woman's wit 
readily divined the situation, but to Selectman 
Morton, from the advent of the advanced 
guard, and the filing in of the great company 
of his friends, to his frantic efforts to cut the 
"groom's loaf," so beautifully frosted and 
trimmed, which, later, he found to be a fraud 
in shape of an inverted tin pan, his surprise 
could have hardly been more perfect. The 
ladies who were in the secret greatly enjoyed 
his unsuccessful efforts. The conspirators 
came amply provided with refreshments and 
not forgetting the '"bride's loaf." A table was 
loaded with the "tiu," mementos of friend- 
ship, to keep this happy event in pleasant 
remembrance. The evening was pleasantly 
enlivened with music and social enjoyment, 
'•and all went merry as a marriage bell." 

The Creamery Company are getting ad- 
vanced prices for their butter. Supt. Wells 
will soon give a lecture on the subject in Ber- 
nardston by invitation of the farmers there. 

The Armory Hall Lyceum is prospering 
finely. Question this week — Resolved, that 
the great railroad and telegraph monopolies 
are detrimental to the best interests of the 

The early records of this town give evi- 
dence that the writers were men of good edu- 
cation for the times in which they lived. The 
first volume commences the record in the year 
1659, which was eleven years before it was 
incorporated by the General Court as the town 
of Hatfield. Previously it was a part of Had- 
ley, known as the West Side. 

Miss Louisa Hubbard of Hatfield, now 
nearly 86, is the youngest of four cousins who 
were all living the first of January, 1882. 
Another, Elisha Allis of Milwaukee, Wis., 
97 ; his sister, Mrs. Eurotas Dickinson, 95, is 
now living iu Conway; and Mrs. Lucretia 
Champion Bacon, who died in New Haven, 
Ct. Jan. 19, aged 99. She was the widow of 
Judge Asa Bacon, a prominent man in Con- 
necticut sixty years ago. Mrs. Bacon was 
the only daughter of Gen. E. Champion of 
East Haddam, Ct. The General, her father, 
was prominent in the war of the Revolution 
as one of Washington's quartermaster gene- 
rals, whose principal business during those i 
stirring times was to procure supplies of beef 
cattle through the Connecticut valley and for- 
ward them to the army. One of his head- 
quarters during the war was at the tavern of 
Widow Lucy Hubbard, on the Hill in Hat- 
field, where he made the acquaintance of her 
daughter, Lucretia Hubbard, whom he mar- 
ried soon after the close of the war. Subse- 
quently he represented his district in Congress 
for thirty years. He was intimate with 
Washington and many of the distinguished 
men of that day, and afterwards he was a 
great admirer of Henry Clay, who began his 
brilliant career in Congress when Gen. Cham- 
pion was a veteran there. He was never 
heard in the arena of debate, noted rather for 
his business ability and good common sense. 
Being engaged in the West India trade, he 
managed a large business and became a man 
of great wealth. He is remembered as, when 
he made his last visit to his relatives in this 
town, an old man of majestic presence, a gi- 
ant, of fine physical proportions. 


Dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Longley on the 

Death of Ella. 

Tis ever thus, the loveliest flowers 
Have always been the reaper's choice, 

The fairest buds the earliest culled, 
The first to heed the Father's voice. 

My friends, the light that has for years 
With radiance iu your dwelling shone, 

Is now withdrawn, and, Oh, how deep, 
How dense the gloom that shades the home 

The eyes that sparkled once with love 
In death's eclipse are shadowed o'er 

The voice that swelled in tuneful lays 
Will wake sweet melodies no more. 

Sealed are the lips that parted once 

In love or with affection's kiss, 
O death why hast thou o'er the home 

Cast such a withering blight as this ? 

Her work Is finished, Oh ! too soon, 

Her books and music lain aside, 
Her place is vacant, and the void 

With you can never be supplied. 

The spring has come and soon the flowers 

Will bud and blossom by the door, 
And siDglng birds will soon be here, 

But the loved daughter comes no more. 

Her rare accomplishments and grace 
Could not exempt her from the grave 

Nor cciild the parents' tenderest care 
Their child from the destroyer save. 

Words are inadequate to speak 

The anguish of this bitter hour, 
And feebly they portray the grief 

That doth the parents' heart o'erpower. 

Neither can words the gladness speak, 

The life the dear departed gave 
Nor tell of the unfathomed love 

And hopes now hidden in the grave. 

Too beautiful she seemed for death ! 

Too sweet a blossom for the tomb, 
Too soon alas the light of home 

la clanged to desolating gloom ! 

But in the parents' heart enshrined 

Will live her memory evermdf e, 
And now their beacon light and star, 

She beckons them to yonder shore. 

Then lift your eyes, O sorrowing ernes, 
Beyond these shades of deepening gloom, 

For a reunion shall be yours 
In brighter realms beyond the tomL. 

And may the everlasting arms 

Support you in this night of grief, 
And be the consolation yours 

That gives afflicted ones relief. 

s. w. b. 
Hataeld, April 1st, 1874. 

In Worthington, March 23, Edward L. Bryan 
aged 21. 

You have carried him gently, comrades, 

And laid him beneath Mie sod; 
Bat the angel of Death has borne him 

Up into the light of God. 

You have carried him over the threshold, 

Away from the dear home nest; 
Aad grief has become an inmate, 

Who was never before a guest. 

There's a vacant place at the table, 
Arid-Jt vacant chair by the hearth ; 

They will listen in vain for his footsteps, 
And be sad in the midst of mirth. 

Sometimes they will almost call him, 

Ere memory makes them dumb; 
And the wee ones will say "Where's Eddie?" 

"Why doesn't poor Eddie come?" 

We have buried him sadly, schoolmates, 

He is first of our ranks to go 
To the city beyond the shadow 

Of our mortal grief and woe. 

Thank God that he said he was ready 
E'er his well-known voice was mute ; 

That he wears in the city celestial, 
Immortality's freedom suit. 

Let us all so walk in our journey, 

By the help of God's innnite love, 
That none oH he circle be missing 
From the great reunion above. 
March 2S, I8S2. a Sceoojat^te, 


President Cleveland's message to Congress, 
and stump-speech to the country, dated 
December 6th, contained this statement:— 

"It r_U-t be conceded that none cf the things 
subjected to internal revenue taxation are, 
stric-tiy speaking, necesssiies; there appears to 
be re just complaint cf this taxation by th9 coa« 
sun^era of ti-ese article, and there seems to b" 
nothing eo well ab< r - to bear the burden without 
hardship to uny portion of the people." 

Silas G. Hubbard of Hatfield, Mass.. presi- 
dent of the New England Tobacco Growers' 
association, makes the following statement and 

"Tobacco is the only product of our sericul- 
ture? hat pays a direct tax to the government. 
It feme-ants to twelve cents a pound when made 
into cigars When it is considered that the 
average ^rice obtained by our farmers for the 
last eix years $* Ilps than nine cents a pound, it 
mases h tax of 333 *er eenb. and l^oks like op- 
pression upon a ciats of American citizens. This 
tas dots not come out of the manufacturer, for 
hess^s itief .<rhis interest to keto oa the tax. 
I t-elieve that this $30 COO,CCO annual tax 
conx-s partly out of the farmer 
and partly cut cf the consumer. T^ie 
bond sys em is ± bad feature of the tax law for, 
ineflts the rich manuf i-oturyr in aiding 
hiia to monopolize the business, it curtails the 
natural rights or the citizens witn small capital 
and thereby creates class distiaoiions. The bond, 
icvern-.ncnt license and the espionage of 
revenue detectives prevent all freedom of trade 
and freedom cf msnufaeture. The law is obnox- 
ious so tne farmer, by restrietmsr his saies to the 
favored tuj er who hoids a special permit pur- 
cbt sea f'om the government. In a word, it is 
anti-American in principle and opposed to the 
spirit cfonr free institutions. In mvopnijnit 
wi'l goon have to go, like the oppressive war 
taxes long s;nce abolished/* 

It is very plain that Mr. Cleveland wrote 
about a matter of which he koew nothing, 
and it is equally clear that Mr. Hubbard, in 
discussing the same subject, puts it in an in- 
telligent and comprehensive light, at the 
same time setting aright the President's blun- 
der. _______ 

Rev. C. E. Harwood of Enfield preached ' 
last Sabbath. Rev. R.M. Woods is away 
on his vacation. 

Mrs. Isaac Snow, of St. Louis, and her 
two sons and her mother, Mrs. S. F. 
Knights, are now visiting together in Hat- 

Mrs. Henry S. Porter, of Griswold, Ct., 
is a welcome visitor among her many old 
fiiends in Hatfield. 

Mr. John Jackson, now of Northamp- 
ton, was in church Sunday. 

Mrs. Avia Clark and Miss Mary Dick- 
inson of New York, and Mrs. E. A. Bard- 
well of Holyoke, were in town last week. 
Mrs. Lucy Wright and her daughter, 
from Chelsea, and Charlie Jones of North- 
ampton, were among the visitors to Hat- 
field last week. 

Mrs. C. K. Morton and Mrs. Jacobs 
Carl are visiting seaside resorts, with- 
headquarters at Boston. 

Miss Clara L. Graves, eldest daughter 
of Thaddeus Graves, Esq., will enter Mt. 
Holyoke seminary this week. 

The fall term of Smith academy will 
open Sept. 13. Principal Orr is expected 
to return from his European trip this 

There will be a basket picnic of the 
county Granges at the camp grounds to- 
morrow. All friends of the Grange are 
I cordially invited. 


The auxiliary of the Woman's Board 
meet with Mrs. J. S. Wells Wednesday 

The Real Folks meet with Mrs. Arthur 
Curtis Friday afternoon; sociable in the I 

Important church meeting at the vestry I 
Wednesday evening to act on a resolution ) 
presented last Sabbath. 

Hon. E. A. Hubbard and W. C. Dick-i 
inson were chosen delegates to the Hamp- 
shire West Conference of Churches at 
Easthampton this week. 

Miss Carrie Cutter, daughter of J. A. 
Cutter of Hatfield, has returned with 
health improved, after a year's absence 
visiting relatives in Illinois and Missouri. 
She has two brothers in the employ of the 
Nonotuck Silk Co., with headquarters at | 
St. Louis. 

Programme for Smith Academy Com- 
mencement 1887. 

Friday, June 10.— Prize speaking in 
Academy hall, 7.45 p. m. Sunday, June 
12.— 10.45 a. if-., Sermon before the grad- 
uating class, by R. M. Woods; 7.30 p. m., 
Founder's Day, memorial services, ad- 
dresses by Prest. L. C. Scelve of Smith 
, college and Hon. E. A. Hubbard of Hat- 
■ field. Monday.— 10 a. k., Class Day Ivy 
exercises; 7.45 p. m., Annual meeting of 
i alumni association. Tuesday. — 10 a. ¥., 
Class breakfast; 7.45 p. m., Graduating 

Farmers have had three weeks of fine 
weather for business and have pushed 
their spring work to the fullest extent. 
Nearly all have finished their planting. 
They are beginning to wear long faces 
because of the extreme dry weather. Pas- 
: tures and uplands are suffering for lack of 
rain. Newly-plowed fields dry up rapid- 
ly, and every passing team stirs up a 
cloud of dust. 

Early-planted corn and potatoes are up. 
Tobacco plants are coming on finely and 
will be ready for setting about the usual 
time; the acreage of former years will be 
somewhat reduced. 

The dry weather will be likely to have 
an unfavorable effect upon the hay crop 
of 1887 in this town. 


There will be a social in the church 
parlors Friday evening. " Reminiscen- 
ces of Hatfield," by Mr. Samuel Part- 
ridge, will be read, and old-time music 
will be one of the features of the even- 

Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Morton are on a 
tour in the West, and will visit their son 
and daughter in Milwaukee. 

Major and Mrs. Longley of Norhamp- 
ton were calling in town last Saturday. 

Albert Dyer and wife have moved to 
Whately, where business will be more 
convenient for Mr. Dyer. 

George Billings has a three-acre lot of 
onions, the size of which, were it given 
here, would sound like a regular news- 
paper story and wouldn't, be believed. 

Homer Tracy of Cornell university is 
stopping in town. 

Charles Porter spent Sunday in town 
and will start this week for a business 
tour in the West, Mrs. Porter will ac- 
company him. 


| A pleasant party of relatives assembled 
at the house of S. G. Hubbard June 5, in 
honor of the birthday of Miss Louisa 
Hubbard, an aunt of most of the assem- 
bled guests, who on that day reached the 
advanced age of 90 years. She rode over 
a mile to be present, was in good health, 
lively and vivacious, with a mind appar- 
ently but little enfeebled by age. She is 
not only the oldest person in town, but 
the oldest in membership of the Congre- 
gational church in Hatfield, which dates 
back to the year 1816, twelve years before 
the. close of the pastorate of Rev. Joseph 
Lyman, D. D. On this interesting occa- 
sion Rev. R. M. Woods, the pastor, in her 
presence christened the infant, John 
Houghton Hubbard, the youngest scion 
of the Hubbard clan in Hatfield, and a 
son of Henry S. Hubbard. John is a 
favorite name that has been common to 
every generation of Hubbards back 300 
years. Of the other persons present were 
Mrs. Mary Ann Strong, formerly of North- 
ampton, aged 82, and Mrs. Cordelia Hub- 
bard Bodman, formerly of Williamsburg. 
Miss Hubbard's grandnieces, daughters 
of Thaddeus Graves, Esq., presented a 
beautiful loaf of cake, which graced the 
occasion. It was frosted and tastefully 
decorated with confectionery, represent- 
ing the 90th birthday. A beautiful bou- 
quet and card was presented by Miss 
Nettie Morton . 

On the same day was held another 
birthday party, that of Major C. S. Shat- 
tuck, friends being present from North- 
ampton, ITolyoke and Lynn. 

E. F. Billings did not receive his ap- 
pointment as postmaster until June 5th. 
Miss Ella Graves, acting P. M., will prob- 
ably hold the office until July 1, -which 
begins a new quarter. 

The canker worm has again made his 
disagreeable presence felt among the ap- 
ple and elm trees on Maple, Valley and 
the south half of Main street. Many apple 
trees have lost their green foliage and 
look brown and seared as it by fire. Sev- 
eral elms on Main street are stripped to 
bare twigs by this destructive pest. The 
trees in other parts of the town are but 
little affected, the mischief being confined 
mostly to the same location as last 3^ear. 
Most farm corps are well advanced for 
the season, and our farmers are unusually 
forward with rheir tobacco setting ; some 
of our largest, growers have completed 
that disagreeable job. 

Rev. Mr. Bruce of South Deerfield 
preached last Sabbath a very profitable 
sermon on Loyalty to Christ, John 13:37. 
Taking into account the plan of the 
structure, in our humble opinion, the 
county commission ers will make no mis- 
take when they locate the new county 
building as near as possible to the center 
of the court house lot between Gothic 
i and King streets. 

Miss Lou Conkey of Homer, 111., arrived 
m Hatfield two weeks ago and will spend 
I several months with her friend, Miss Net- 
tie Morton. 


The Smith Charities Taxes. 

The report of the doings of the Hatfield j 
town meeting, which adopted the resolutions j 
that were furnished the Gazette by some un- J 
known person, is incorrect in the sum named I 
in the preamble. It should read $700,000, I 
and not $1,700, as printed. The charter # of | 
Smith charities is unique, and in its provision 
for the taxation of all the funds in the several 
towns, there is probably nothing like it in. [ 
any other charitable institution of the state. j 
It was argued in town meeting tihat if the { 
repeal of this valuable franchise was intended 
it should have been expressly named in the j 
statutes, but it was not so named in the acts- 
6f 1881 and 1882. The charter had been a. 
sufficient, guide up to May 1, 1882, and even : 
after that. It certainly was as safe a guide j 
as a lawyer's opinion, which was substituted 
by the trustees, with the liability of its being- 
overruled by the decision of the supreme 
court. Then why should the trustees attempt, 
to anticipate that the decision of the court j 
would be against the towns? Certainly the i 
action pointed out in the charter was safe un- 
til the decision of the court was reached. 

The annual meeting of the Ladies' Benev- 
olent Society was held April 12th, at the 
| house of Mrs. Dr. Barton, when the follow- 
ing officers were chosen for the year ensuing ;. , 
Mrs. J. D. Brown, president; Mrs. H. S. j 
Porter and Mrs. M. E. Miller, vice presi- -{ 
dents ; Mrs. S. G. Hubbard, Mrs. C. M. Bar- ! 
ton, Mrs. D. P. Morton and Mrs. James, i 
Porter, directors ; Miss Fanny Graves, secre- 
tary ; and Mrs. A. Cowles, treasurer. 

What we have so long desired to see has 
come at last in the warm sunshine and gentle 
showers of last week. The Connecticut is- 
swollen to the overflowing of its banks, and. 
the frost is mostly out of the ground and the 
roads are nearly dry and in fair passable con- 
dition. . _ ... 

The false and the true way of life, as illus- 
trated in the career of Saul of Tarsus, was 
very forcibly and clearly presented in the 
sermon of Rev. R. M. Woods last Sunday 

It is an unusual thing in this town to nna 
tobacco hauging on the poles in April, but 
such was the fact this year. Several large 
farmers took down the remainder of tiieir 
tobacco last week, and are now busy in sort- 
ing and packing it. Other farmers are active 
in making preparations for the spring wotrk, 
hauling out manure and plowing their lands. 
R. P. Smith & Son have given up the grist- 
mill with a view to going into other busine bs. 
J. E. Porter has hired a miller and will cairy 
on the milling business at the old stand. 

In one of his lectures on art at Chickerim? 
Hall, New York, last month, Seymour Haden 
said "the engraving in the April Century- 
entitled 'At Sea' is one of the greatest- 
achievements of modern engraving. It was 
made by the engraver, Kingsley, directly 
from nature, that is to say, without previous- 
ly drawing or photographing the scene. 
Such a tribute to the genius of our townsman. 
is duly appreciated by his many friends in. 
I this county. 


Mrs. M. J. Shepard, from Boston is 
visiting her niece, Mrs. B. B. Abbott. 

Miss" Gertrude Abbott is visiting friends 
in Holyoke. 

Mrs. William Daugherty and daughter 
leave Tuesday for a two months' visit 
with friends in Hartford, Conn. 

Preparatory lecture Friday afternoon, 
March 4, at two o'clock. 

Mrs. John Porter, Mrs. Chas. Porter 
and Mrs. S. L. Cutler will entertain the 
Real Folks at the church parlors Friday 
afternoon. Gentlemen are invited to 
supper. There will be a sociable in the 

The entertainment last Thursday was 
a decided success, the house being 

Mrs. A. F. Curtis of Northampton has 
been spending a few days with her moth- 
er, Mrs. Wm. Jones. 

Miss Abby Dickinson, daughter of the 
late Solomon Dickinson, died at her 
home Saturday morning, Feb. 27. She 
has been for a" great many years a consis- 
tent member of the church and did a 
great deal of good in a quiet way. She 
leaves a brother, Samuel Dickinson, and 
sister, Mrs. Geo. W. Hubbard. 



Death of Charles I>. Bartlett. 

Charles D. Bartlett passed away at 3 
o'clock Thursday afternoon, aged 66 
years. He had been in feeble health for 
more than a year, and for some time has 
been a great sufferer. He leaves a widow 
and one daughter, Mrs. A. L. Cooley of 
Orange. Mr. and Mrs. Cooley were with 
him the last few days of his sickness.! 
Mr. Bartlett had been a life-long resident 
of Hatfield, with the exception of a short 
time, when he was in the grocery busi-' 
ness at Northampton in company with 
Mr. Towne. He was a kind husband 
and neighbor, always ready to visit the 
sick and afflicted. Mrs. Bartlett has the 
sympathy of this community in her be- 
reavement. Funeral at Union hall, Sat- 
urday, at 1.30 o'clock p. m. 

The funeral of Mr. Bartlett was large- 
ly attended at Union hall Saturday after- 
noon. During his sickness he became a 
Christian, and he enjoyed talking with 
his friends as they came in, of his great 
joy and peace. Mrs. Bartlett's daugh- 
ter, Mrs. A. L. Cooley from Orange, is 
going to stay with her for the present. 

Miss Cynthia Lanndon is on the gain. 

Miss Luna Rice from West Hatfield 1 
spent the Sabbath with friends herej-j;* 

Your Hatfield correspondent wonders why 
there are so few apples after so many blos- 
soms. Here they did not form to apples to 
fall off. But whrn many of the trees were in 
full bloom there were heavy showers which 
perhaps washed the pollen from the blossoms 
and prevented their fertilization. If this 
theory is correct perhaps the bearing year 
may be changed by artificially drenching trees 
in full bloom for several of the even years. 
Where there are water facilities this would 
be quicker than picking off the blossoms. 

Death of Henry S. Porter. 

Henry S. Porter died at Agawam yes- 
terday. Notice of death and funeral 
elsewhere. He was once one of Hat- 
field's richest and busiest men, and lost 
his property when the Fitches went 
down. The firm was Fitch, Doane & 

He was for a number of years a select 
man and a representative in the legisla- 
ture. He was a good farmer, a bright 
and able man and keenly felt his failure. 
About seven years ago he removed to 
Agawam with his son, where they have 
made a fine farm and prospered. A 
brother, James, in Hatfield and sister, 
Sophia Sikes of Sunderland, survive. 

The Crusaders Are Here. 

Mrs. Bethiah Packard has sold her 
homestead to Mr. Chas. L. Graves for 
about $1000. Mrs. Packard will board 
with our general Postmaster, Mr. Web- 
ber. * 

Mr. and Mrs. Sampson and family of 
North Adams have come to Hatfield to 
make their home with Mr. and Mrs. Al- 
pheus Cowles. Mrs. Sampson was an 
adopted daughter of Mr. Cowles. 

The public schools closed on Friday 
March 11, for a vacation of three weeks. 
Smith Academy closed Tuesday, March 
15, for two weeks recess. 

The concert Friday last, given by the 
Amherst Agricultural college glee and 
banjo club, was fully appreciated by a 
good audience, though the weather pre- 
vented many from attending. 

Miss Mattie E. Bardwell of Deerfield, 
is spending two weeks with her grand- 
mother, Mrs. J. D. Brown. 

A Grolden Wedding. 

About fifty friends of Mr. and Mrs. 
Lyman Moore will help them celebrate 
their golden- wedding on Wednesday, 
March 16. Rev. Mr. Beaman of Am- 
herst, who married them, is expected to 
be present, together with about fifteen 
others of this place, who witnessed the 
ceremony fifty years ago. 

The Real Folks will meet with Mrs. 
Charles Hubbard Thursday the 17th. 

The Christian crusaders are expected 
to hold meetings in this place the com- 
ing week. 


The program of the *Hatfield reading- 
circle for Tuesday evening, Feb. 23, is as 
follows: 1, George II, David Billings, Jr. 

2, Henry Pelham, Mrs. David Billings. 

3, The Pretender, Nellie A. Waite. 4, 
Scotch Rebellion of 1745 to the Battle of i 
Cullodin, C. M. Barton. 5, Reading fr^i ' 
Waverly, Mrs. J. S. Wells. 6, Culloden, j 
Mary Dodge. 7, Reading from Henry 
Esmond, Hattie Carl. 8, Reading from 
Old Mortality, Grace Webber. 

The L. B. S. will meet with Mrs. tfred 
Carl on Thursday afternoon. 

The Real Folks will meet with Mrs. 
David Billings on Friday afternoou. 

S. G. Hubbard returned from Washing- 
ton yesterday. 


We have received a copy of the last cata- 
logue of Smith Academy 1 ; it is neatly gotten 
up by the Gazette Printing Company, printed 
on tinted paper, and in addition to what is 
usually found in such documents, contains 
a list of the books in the Academy Library. 

On the night of Dec. 13, a fire was discov- 
ered in the barns and outbuildings of Mr. E. 
A. Hubbard on the Hill, which destroyed all 
the chain of buildings conected together; 
..originally thev must "have cost more than 
$2500. Mr. Hubbard lost a new carriage 
probably worth ||3j50; his whole insurance 
was only $1200, which was on the buildings. 
Chas. E. Hubbard had four acres of tobacco 
hanging on the premises, which was also a 
total loss. Insurance $800. 

The work of putting up the wire and set- 
ting up aeven instruments constituting the 
Hatfield Branch of the Bay State Telephone 
Compan}', was completed the morning of 
Dec. 16, and was put in active operation at 
once. Persons at near and distant points 
were hailed and interviewed in all possible 
directions and on all sorts of subjects; ladies 
gossiped, and even babies cried in the tele- 
phone, to the great edification of all parties 
at the several stations, and before night the 
manager of the central office at Northampton 
said that Hatfield was doing more business 
than all the rest of their lines. Young 
America, with his first tin whistle, was never 
more jubilant and demonstrative than some 
of the fortunate possessors of instruments in 
our circuit, and people are happy in counting 
up its real and imagined ben tits. 

This community was saddened by the an- 
nouncement last Tuesday morning of the 
death of Miss Frances A. Billings. She had 
been an invalid for a number of years; when 
in health she was known as having a passion- 
ate fondness for music; was long a member 
of the church choir, and for a number of 
years cheerfully gave her services to the so- 
ciety as player on the organ, when it was 
stationed in the old singers' gallery; her long 
devotion to this duty at a time when there 
was no other person in town so well fitted for 
this work, was thought to be an injury to her 
health. How characteristic one of her last. 
acts in the dying hours to sing that well 
known refrain the "Sweet By-and-B}V so 
often employed as expressive of the sad yet, 
exalted feeling when friends are called to 
separate perhaps for the last time on earth ? 
She sang one stanza and then said she would 
sing more when she was stronger, but that 
was the last on the shores of time. Who 
knows but she will take up the strain anew 
in Paradise? The pastor alluded to this cir- 
cumstance and gave it out as the last hvmn 
to be sung at the funeral, and when the choir 
sang the k ' Sweet By-and-By" a knowledge 
of the death-bed scene added a touch of pa- 
thetic feeling which intensified the effect upon 
all who were present in that house of mourn- 



The sad news of the death of Prof. Frank 
D. Hastings at Parkville College, Mo., Dec. 
13th, was a severe shock to his relatives and 
friends in this town, and their sympathies 
were called out towards his deeply afflicted 
parents. Mr. Hastings graduated at Amherst 
College last summer with flattering prospects 
of a successful career before him. A young 
man of correct principles, combined with 
high scholarly attainments, he bade fair to 
lead a life of great usefulness in the world. 
Taken away in his budding manhood, he will 
be sincerely mourned and lamented. The 
fond hopes of his friends are crushed by his 
premature death. His funeral was attended 
at the residence of his parents on Market 
street, Northampton, and his remains were 
taken to the family lot in the Hatfield ceme- 
tery for burial. The funeral was attended by 
Rev. Mr. Lathe, President McAffe of Park- 
ville College and Rev. A. M. Colton, his for- 
I mer pastor in Easthampton, takiug a part 
| in the solemn and impressive exercises. 

This closing week of the year is considered 
the most favorable time to take the annual 
inventory. The balance of resources less 
liabilities compared with the balance of one 
year ago will show the farmer what progress 
he has made. If he has kept careful ac- 
counts during the year, he will know to. a 
certainty just where the profits and losses 
came, learn to avoid the mistakes, and gain 
wisdom for future operations. 

Gathering ice made business lively early 
last week in filling ice-houses. There was 
found to be about ten inches of clear ice, 
giving good evidence of the steady cold 
weather of December up to the 23th of the 
month. During the three following days of 
the week the weather moderated, and on Fri- 
day we had considerable rain. Tobacco was 
found to be in excellent condition on Satur- 
day morning for taking down, the tirst really 
good day the farmers have seen since the crop 
was cured to take it down in good condition. 
The opportunity was improved to the fullest 
extent, but much of the crop is still hanging 
on the poles, waiting for another favorable 
time for the work. 

Father Barry of Northampton held high 
mass at Academy hall, Christmas morning. 
The day was universally observed by all for- 
eign born people, be they Catholic or Protest- 
ant, as a holiday, a day bringing good gifts 
and rejoicing. Their example is contagious 
and appears to be growing into the habits of 
all people of the present age, including the 
descendants of the Puritaus. 

The annual meeting of the Hatfield Grange 
i was held Dec. 18th, at the house of Brother 
D. P. Morton. The next session will be held 
at the house of Brother D. W. Wells, repre- 
sentative-elect, Friday, Dec. 29. 


Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Wells have the sympa- 
thy of their large circle of friends for their 
great loss in the death last week of their lit- 
tle son Joseph, whose bright and winning 
ways secured the love of all who knew him. 

The sermon of Rev. R. M. Woods last Sab- 
bath, was a very practical and pointed appli- 
cation of his subject, "Christian Constan- 
cy " ; text from Acts 13 :13. 


I>eat!i of Jolin Hastings, aged 05. 

The death of the venerable John Hast- 
ings, Esq., at Onondago, N. Y., Jan. 21, 
1886, in the 95th year of his age, deserves 
more than a passing mention. John 
Hastings was born in Hatfield, a descen- 
dant of one of the early settlers, Thomas 
Hastings, town clerk and physician, the 
first doctor of a long line of Dr. Hastings, 
from 1670 to 1845, four in number out of 
five generations. His grandfather, Hon. 
John Hastings, came into prominence in 
the time of the Revolution, and was a 
leading official in the town and county for 
many years. Judd, in his history of Had- 
ley. says, ' ' he was a magistrate 36 years 
and a senator or councilor 28 years." His 
father, Dr. John Hastings, was a practic- 
ing physician in Hatfield for about 50 
years, and died in 1845. John Hastings, 
the subject of this sketch, had good ad- 
vantages of education, and was with pos- 
sible? one exception, the oldest surviving 
graduate of Yale college. In his early 
days he was a school teacher, afterwards 
a merchant in Hatfield and Heath, when 
the latter was in the flush of hill town 
glory and prosperity. He was mentioned 
at the Heath Centennial gathering, Aug. 
last, as follows: "John Hastings came 
from Hatfield and kept a store. He was 
town clerk for many years, and became so 
accomplished in the duties of the office 
that when he removed to Onondago, N.Y., 
about 45 years ago he was chosen to that 
office and has held it ever since, although 
he is now 95 years old." The old gentle- 
man retained his mental faculties to a 
I wonderful degree and was busy in the 
performance of his official duties on the 
day of his death. He retired apparently 
in his usual health, all unconscious of 'his 
approaching departure. He had lived" an 
exemplary life, filled with a completed 
round of duties well performed, and w T as 
crowned with peace at last like the proph- 
et of old, "he was not, for God took him." 
He was an intelligent and studious pol- 
itician and a man of positive opinions as 
to questions of public policy and political 
honesty, yet without personal ambition 
for political preferments. He lived a 
peaceful life, much loved, honored and 
respected by men of all parties and 
shades of religious belief, he possessed 
the popular qualities to win high official 
station had he desired it. He was a 
brother of the late Justin Hastings of Hat- 
field, and leaves a sister, Miss Sophia D. 
Hastings, now living with her neice, Mrs. 
R. P. Bard well in Elmira, N. Y., another 
neice, Mrs. S. G. Hubbard, is the only re- 
maining decendant bearing the name of 
Hastings now living in Hatfield. 


Our pastor, Rev. R. M. Woods, was 1 
welcomed home last Sabbath by Ins peo- 
nle and he gave them a practical discourse 
on '" spiritual culture." We are assured : 
that his family will return to the parson- ; 
age this week, after a delightful month 
spent in Goshen. J 

The Republican caucus, Aug. 2o, chose 
the following delegates:— State, W. Hy 
Dickinson, S. G. Hubbard ; Congressional, 
C S Shattuck, J. S. Wells. Committee! 
for the year, C. S. Shattuck chairman,! 
Roswell Billings, Frank K. Porter, Ed. 
C. Waite, W. C. Dickinson. 

Mr E. L. Hastings, who died in North- 
ampton, Aug. 29th, was a native of Hat-! 
field, where he spent his youth and early, 
manhood Never in the enjoyment ot ro- 
bust health, vet he served as a model town 
clerk for a number of years. He was a 
man of correct habits and a much respect- 
ed citizen of the town. During the last 
25 years he has resided in South Hartley, 
Easthampton and Northampton. He 
leaves a widow, a daughter, and a son to 
mourn their loss; the latter is a mem- 
ber of a successful manufacturing firm in 
Troy, N. Y. His remains were brought to 
Hatfield and buried by the side of his twp 
sons in the cemetery. The funeral was 
attended at his late residence on Market 
street, the exercises being conducted by 
his former beloved pastor at Easthampton, 
Rev. A. M. folton, 


About one-half of the farmers have com- 
menced harvesting their tobacco. They 
generally report an extra crop. Cutting 
will be quite general this week. 

Mrs. Herder Clark and family of New 
York are in town, stopping with Mr. W. 
H. Dickinson. 

Mrs. Sprague and son of Boston, are 
visiting with Mrs. S. F. Knight. 

Miss Hattie Brown and Miss Carrie L. 
Warner are spending a few days on Mt. 

Mrs. Get*. Ware and son of Springfield, 
are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. 
Theodore Porter. 

A wedding engagement is announced, j 
ceremony to occur soon. 

Rev. E. S. Tead preached a very able 
discourse last Sabbath from Luke 19 : 10, 1 
which commanded close attention. 

The four sons of Edward Curtis located j 
in Cincinnati and its near vicinity in busi- 
ness, made their father a visit this month. ! 
Mr. Curtis is a native of Hatfield, he went ! 
to Ohio when a young man, was success- j 
ful in business, and returned to this town 
with his wife about 20 years ago, where ! 
lie has since lived. 

Mr. W. C. Dickinson took a flying trip ! 
through the White Mountains last week, 
stopping on Mt. Washington with his! 
cousin, Lieut. Edward Beats of the TJ. S. r 
signal service in command at that station I 
during the past year. Lieut. Beals has re- 1 
cieved a six months' furlough and return- 
ed to this town with Mr. Dickinson for a 
short visit on his way to Stamford, Ct., 
where his mother resides. 



nn T T ^ - r % a I- a T We11 pointed sermon 

on True Friendship, John 15, 14, Sabbath 

I morning He exchanged in the evening 

I with Rev Mr. Lathe of Northamp^rf 

I who preached an excellent sermon from 

th ^ WO f d *' 0ccu ^ UDtil I come." 

Ihe fall term of Smith academy has 
opened with 40 students. The new class 
from the town schools numbers 14 schol- 
ars. Teachers S. L. Cutler principal, 

M?!f n, mm t L >, Hubbard Preceptress, and 

Miss Clara L. Graves assistant 
Miss Bertha Thayer of Cincinnati, O., 
| and Miss Rose Fairbank have returned 
! from vacation and joined their classes in 

the academy. 

I . ^ ss £ f ;? akie Billings, daughter of Mr. 
t Jit B t 1 i Il ?f. 0f S . t \ Louis ' Mo -> former- 

llf ?r, p-',, 1 - 8 V1Sltm ^ with her aunt, 
Mis. ±. D. Billings. 

Miss Emily G. Billings, who came on 
from the West in July to visit her mother 
and sisters, has returned to her duties in 
Detroit, where she is engaged teaching 
music. ° 

Miss Lizzie Billings has returned from a 
two weeks' visit with friends in Deerfield 

-b. B. Dickinson brought a fine span 
of horses from Syracuse, N. Y. last 

Miss Abbie Fitch of Amherst is visiting 
her sister, Mrs. B. M. Warner. 

• ¥, rs " W " B# Lau g<lon has a moon flower 
in blossom, which is much admired. 

T^ L. B. S. will meet with Mrs.' J. S. 
Wells Thursday afternoon, gentlemen in- 
vited to tea. 

I Brainard Lyman of Chester and E. Ly- 
jmaii of Northampton spent last Sabbath 
! with their sister, Miss A. P. Lyman. 

Mrs. Theodore Baggs with her daugh- 
ters Nellie and Bertha, have been visiting 
a week with friends in Springfield and 

W. C. Dickinson is finishing a very 
convenient barn for his standard bred 
trotters. The barn is 90 feet long with 
driveway through the center. It has all 
the modern conveniences of box stall* 
running water, etc. Mr. Dickinson has 
two Daniel Lambert colts, Middlebury 
and a filly, that are developing speed rap- 
idly under Mr. White's skillful training. 

With intelligent culture and care, to- 
bacco still maintains its position as the 
most profitable crop in Hatfield. There 
has been a great amount of nonsense and 
untruth said about losses in Hatfield on 
account of tobacco. The facts point the 
other way. 

Miss Hattie Brown and Mrs. Warner 
have been taking a carraige drive through 
eastern Franklin county, and visiting 
Mrs. Louisa Chenery of Montague. 

Miss Susan Perry of Pittsburgh, Pa., 
was a guest of Mrs. J. D. Billings for sev- 
eral days. 

Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Morton have been 
taking a carriage drive to Tariff ville, Ct., 
visiting friends on the way. 

Hosea Wheeler, a colored native of this 
town, died suddenly Saturday, Sept. 8, 
aged 64 years. 

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Curtis of Carthage, 
Ohio, have been visiting their cousins, 
Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Bardwell and Mr. 
land Mrs. A. F. Curtis. 

* Too Many o f We." 

Mamma, is there too many of we?" 
The little girl asked with a sigh. 
" Perhaps you wouldn't be tired, you see, 
If a few of your childs should die." 

She was only three years old— this one 
Who spoke in that strange, sad way, 

As she saw her mother's impatient frown 
At the children's boistrous play. 

There were half a dozen who round her stood, 
And the mother was sick and poor, 

Worn out with the care of the noisy brood, 
And the fight with the wolf at the door. 

For a smile or a kiss no time, no place; 

For the lit tie one least of all ; 
And the shadow that darkened the mother's 

O'er the young life seemed to fall. 

More thoughtful than any she felt more care, 

And pondered in childish war 
How to lighten the burden sue could not share, 

Growing heavier every day. 

Only a week, and the little Claire 

In her little white trundle-bed, 
Lay with her blue eyes closed and the sunny 

Cut close from the golden head. 

" Don't cry," she said— and the words were low, 
Feeling tears that she could not see— 

" You won't have to work and be tired so, 
When there ain't so many of we." 

The dear little daughter who went away 

From the home that for once was stilled. 
Showed the mother's heart, from that dreary 
What a place she had always filled. 

Woman's World. 


The early frosts have changed the whole 
appearance of the landscape in the Connecti- 
cut valley. The sere and yellow leaves are 
I prominent, and the trees have assumed their 
Ocotber apparel three weeks before the usu- 
i al time. The recent fires in the woods on 
the Plain have burned over about 200 acres, 
mostly a young growth of wood. The same 
territory was burned over several times pre- 
viously during the last fifteen years. The 
Connecticut River railroad runs partly 
through this tract of land on the west side. 
The last, and one previous fire, was caused 
by passing locomotives. Probably $5,000 
worth of forest growth has been destroyed 
during that time; a serious loss to the owners 
of the laud. Previously when the tires were 
traced directly to the railroad, the company 
have takeu the honorable course of paying 
for such damage without resort to litigation. 
Prof. Story of Smith college will, some- 
time before the close of the month, bring out 
his pupil, Miss Mary Shattuck, in an organ 
concert in Hatfield. This will be her first 
public appearance as an organist. Although 
young she has already attracted considerable 
attention for her tine ability as a pianist. 

The interesting ceremony which unites the 
destinies of two in one, will occur before the 
month closes. The invitations will soon be 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dickinson arrived 
last Saturday after a year's residence in the 
wilds of Nevada. 

The Ladies'. Benevolent society will meet 
with Mrs Alphcus Cowles Thursday of this 

| S. G. Hubbard is buying Havana tobacco 
for New York parties ; about 175 cases chang- 
! ed hands last week, at prices ranging from ten 
! cents upward. Some are holding for higher 
j figures. 



Nlwety-flrst Anniversary of an JK»- 

tsemed (imciEl-Au Early Graduate of 
Tale College. 

To-morrow the oldest roan holding public 
office in Onondaga county, and perhaps the 
oldest in the State, will complete the ninety- 
first year of his age. This venerable ci izen is 
John Hastings of Onondaga Valley. He w*s 
born hX> Hatfield, Mass., Dec. 22, 1791, and was 
graduated from Yale College in 1815, under the 
presidency of Br. Timothy D wight. But two 
other membern of the class of that year survive. 
They are the Hon. Truman Smith, of Stam- 
ford, Conn., formerly United States Senator, 
andthoRev. J. D. Wickham, D.D., of Man- 
chester, Vt«, pastor of the Congregational 
church at that place. 

From Hatfield Mr. Hastings removed to 
Heath, iiass., and after a residence there of 
nina years he came to Oaondaga Valley, in 
1843, where he has lived from that time. For 
sixteen years, covering four terms, Mr. Hast- 
ings served as Justice of the Peace at the 
Valley, and then declined a re-election, finding 
the duties of the office too onerous; During a 
part of the same time, and continuously since 
1863, "Squire" he is popularly called, 
has filled also the office of Town Clerk of the 
town of Onondaga, a position he now holds, 
having been elected in February last. In this 
office he has served for twenty-five years, and 
so acceptably that, probably, as long as he 
lives and is able and willing to fill the place he 
will be chosen by his townsmen thereto. 

'Squire Hastings is a man of quiet manners 
of gentle and refined demeanor, and of pleasing 
address. There is nothing of the demagogue 
in his composition, and in his case office always 
has sought the man and not man the 
office. Bis papers are models of penmen- 
ship and neatness, and well might serve 
as * copies for the boys of this generation. 
Though his step grows less vigorous, his mind 
is perfectly clear and his mental and physical 
faculties are well preserved. 

In a recent visit to the city, two youthful 
graduates of Syracuse University were intro- 
duced to 'Squire Hastings 1 acquaintance, and 
the three collegians found mutual pleasure in 
recounting to each other the days of their 
student life, in the case of two so recent and in 
that of the other nearly three-score and ten 
years ago. To an onlooker it was an in- 
teresting study to watch the bright- 
faced youths standing by the chair of 
the venerable man, deferentially and atten- 
tively listening to bis remarks and asking 
questions, while occasionally all would join in 
a laugh at tomo Eally or the recalling of some 
college incident. The scene would have been a 
suggestive one to en artisr. 

Surrounded by friends aad esteemed by all 
who know him, Squire Hastings will be the 
recipient to morrow of many congratulations 
upon reaching such an advanced mile-post in 
the journey of life, together with good wishes 
for the future. 


In the death of Mrs. Clarissa Hubbard 
which occurred April 24th, aged 81 years 
her children have lost a mother dearly be- 
loved, of whom there are nothing but pleas 
ant memories. She was knownas a woman 
of quiet yet persistent energy, doing her full 
duty in ministering, in sickness and in health 
to the wants of others. She lead a ; 
and active life to the end, never giving up the 
management of her household affairs untiil 
the last days of her sickness. Her lite was 
characterized by a truly charitable 
Christian spirit. She will be remembered 
lor her self-sacrificing devotion to the wel- 
fare of others, and her kind-hearted words 
and good deeds of charity to all who came to 
her door. Her husband, John Hubbard died 
in 1844, and she was left with the care of 
seven children, two of them not her own ! 
and Jived to sec them, ail but one, settled 1 
near her. She was born in Northampton a 
daughter of Setb and Thankful Clapp' of 
South street. A brother, James Clapp of 
Northampton aged 84 and a sister .Mrs Mary 
Ann Strong aged 79, survive her. ' She leaves' 
one daughter, Mrs. Thaddeus Graves, and 
three sons, Silas G., Roswei), and Henry ; . 
Hubbard, all now living in Hatfield. 

Several ladies of the Hatfield W. C T 
Union attended the semi-annual meeting of 
the organization at Northampton last week I 
and report as follows : Th ey were very much] 
interested in the exercises and the reports 
given by the delegates from various towns! 
and cities, in the papers read, addresses giv- 
en and the discussions which followed. 
President Seelye's invitation to visit the art 
rooms at Smith College was thankfully ac- 
cepted and will be remembered with pleas- 
ure, and the generous hospitality of the la- 
| dies of Northampton was fully appreciated. 
A snow storm the 24th and the gronnd : 
l frozen two inches in depth one morning later' 
somewhat dampened the ardor of enthusias- 
tic planters. The spring comes on too slow- 
ly for such, and others in their impatience 
sign for milder weather. It should be re- 
membered that only last year the apple trees 
were not in full bloom until June, two weeks 
later than the usual time, yet corn and veg- 
etables ripened about as early as usual in 
autumn, ft has been often remarked of late | 
that the spring is more backward than for- 
merly, and that the frosts hold off later in 
autumn. During the last decade we have 
experienced extremely hot weather in Sep- 
tember, much more so it is thought, than 
previously to that time. 

The selectmen are making substantia) re- 
pairs on the road from gill street past the 
grist mill, carrying out a like policy of 
thorough work as was done on the road to- ' 
wards Northampton last year. 

Hon. E. A. Hubbard is building a new , 
barn and making other improvements on his 
place on Hill street, which bid fair to make it 
one of the most attractive homes in town. 
\ Rev. Dr. Dwight of Hadiey preached in 
^change with Rev. R. M. Woods last Sab- 
\h. The theme of his sermon was, " Obe- ! 
*snce exemplified bv Christ:" Heb. 5:& 

'he following notice is~ taken from a 
Springfield paper. It is of interest to 
Hatfield people because the young man is 
a Hatfield boy, one of three children who, 
i with their widowed mother, Mrs. J. S. 
Allis, went from this town 15 years ago, 
and found a home in Springfield : "Dex- 
ter Hurlbut Allis has returned from Phil- 
adelphia with the degree of D.D.S. given 
him by the Philadelphia dental college. 
His thesis on 'Crown and bridge work,' 
as well as the practical work done in this 
branch of his profession, earned the spe- 
cial commendation of the faculty. Dr. 
Allis will continue the practice of dentis- 
try with his uncle, Dr. J. Searle Btarlbut, 
with whom he has been associated the 
past three years." 

About three years ago H. S. Porter and 
family moved to Griswold, Conn. They 
were prominent in Hatfield and well 
kuown in all the river counties. The 
following pleasant notice is from a Gris- 
wold correspondent of the N. E. Home- 
stead: H. S. Porter and family, who pur- 
chased the Tyler farm in the northern 
part of the town, several years ago, have 
removed to Agawam, Ma3s. They came 
here strangers to all, but were not long in 
making friends. The neighbors soon 
found them au intelligent, aclive, and ex- 
ceedingly useful family. Mr. Porter's 
ison and wife have assisted in the man- 
agement of the large farm. ' Numerous 
improvements on the farm have been 
made, thrift and ingenuity being preva- 
lent everywhere. They have proved 
themselves good citizens, willing and effi- 
cient helpers in every good cause. They 
leave behind them an influence indelibly 
stamped on the hearts of a large circle of 
friends, and many lives will be brighter 
for having known them. A literary soci- 
ety was organized, largely through their 
jinfiuence. Mrs. Porter has been its hon- 
ored president since its start. The meet- 
ings have been well attended by the young 
people, and many of those taking part 
have been benefited. Mrs. Porter gave 
| largely of her well educated mind, mak- 
ing the gathering a place of profit and 
amusement. A large circle of neighbors 

') land friends met at their residence a few 
evenings before their departure. The 

■■"1 company were treated to a repast of 
scalloped oysters, biscuit, cake and coffee, 
I and appropriate selections were sung. 

,/There were earnest remarks relating to 
their personal worth as leaders in society, 
and of the unconscious influence given to 
other lives. The best wishes of the com- 
munity go with them.